The T J Clark Seminar at Keble

Poems about paintings have long been part of literary tradition, and many such poems go on being written. Why? What is hoped for from them? What is involved in the passage from picture to word? This seminar series will look at particular poems and paintings, ancient and modern, with such questions in mind.

The Poetry & Painting seminars, with world renowned art historian Professor Timothy Clark, take place three times a year.

The first seminar will focus on John Ashbery’s ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’ and the painting by Parmigianino to which it responds.

Handout: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (pdf)


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