Virtue vs Vice
The Psychomachia, or ‘Battle of the Soul’, was composed by the Late Antique poet Prudentius in the 5th century. It depicts allegorical women as Virtue versus Vice as they fight for possession of the human soul. Two Anglo-Saxon copies survive in the British Library’s collections, produced in England in the 10th and 11th centuries with illuminations bringing the action-packed battle to life.
In this course, you will have the opportunity to visit Anglo-Saxons: Art, Word, War and create a contemporary series of drawings inspired by the Psychomachia. After an introduction to visual storytelling in Anglo-Saxon times, you will develop techniques to capture the human figure in a dynamic, expressive way.
By the end of the weekend, you will have learnt how to depict the body confidently and creatively in a narrative composition. You will have created four drawings that can stand together as a series or independently. You will also have the opportunity to feature your work in a dedicated online gallery.
£185/£157. Limited places. Tickets and further details available through the British Library.