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Why Myths?

Join Gallery Educator Ed Dickenson for a stroll through the Gallery to look at how intellectual snobbery, a love of a good story, and an excuse to show people with no clothes on kept artists in work and myths on walls.

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The National Gallery is filled with Christian art, so why does it also have so many paintings of pagan gods? Greek and Roman myths have been enduringly popular in western Europe, both among the critics and those with the money to afford grand paintings. Exclusive for Members.

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Ed Dickenson

Ed Dickenson is a Gallery Educator who started his teaching career in Japan before teaching in primary schools across London for a number of years. He has since worked in learning teams for Kensington Palace, Ben Uri Gallery, and the Horniman Museum in London.

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