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Icarus: entering the world of myth
Icarus: entering the world of myth

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Figure 1 Henri Matisse, Icarus, plate VIII from ‘Jazz’,1947, pochoir plate, 42 x 66cm

© Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2017

Figure 2 Roman cast bronze figurine of Icarus flying, first to third century CE, height 11.5 cm, found in Crete.

British Museum, London, 1867,0326.1. Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum ( licenses/ by-nc-sa/ 4.0/).

Figure 3 Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, 1560, oil on canvas mounted on wood, 74 x 112 cm

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Photo: akg-images


Activity 5 W.H. Auden (1966) Musée des Beaux ArtsCollected Shorter Poems 1927-1957, London, Faber and Faber

Activity 6 W.H. Auden (1966) Stop the Clocks Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957, London, Faber and Faber

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