Classical art in the digital vernacular: Making memes from paintings

Date and time

Monday 26 June, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Talita Jenman


Admission free

How has digital culture come to affect the way in which paintings are experienced and how have some of the paintings in the National Gallery’s collection played a role in this?

Join Talita Jenman to explore the ways in which traditional art and digital culture collide. Discover what a meme is, why classical paintings appeal as source material, and how some memes have given classical paintings a new lease of life.


Talita Jenman has recently completed an MA in Art and Visual Culture at the University of Westminster, and when not pursuing her academic interests, works with rock ’n' roll band Rival Sons.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust 

Image above: Detail from Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434