Weekend course
Myths of the Sphinx

Saturday 9 May 2020 - Sunday 10 May 2020

  • Saturday 9 May 2020 - Sunday 10 May 2020

  • Seminar Room 3, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Journey from Giza to Thebes, Rome to Vienna, the London Coliseum to Salt Lake City to trace history and legend of the Sphinx. Supported by the V&A’s unique collection, you will unveil the many mysteries surrounding of one of the oldest and most celebrated monsters in history.

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Dr Justine Hopkins

Course Leader Dr Justine Hopkins

Dr Justine Hopkins is a freelance art historian, lecturer and writer. She completed an MA at the Courtauld and a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published a biography of painter and sculptor Michael Ayrton; she is a registered lecturer for The Arts Society.

Justine fizzes with interesting ideas, and wit Previous Course Student

Course Overview

From the courts of the Egyptian Pharaohs to the pages of modern fiction the mystery of the Sphinx has tantalised mankind through the ages. Sometimes male and sometimes female, he/she has been invoked in connection with the Philosopher’s Stone of the alchemists, the mysteries of Freemasonry, the dreams of the Surrealists and Freudian psychoanalysis, to say nothing of the vast array of objects and buildings decorated with Sphinxes of all descriptions, or the innumerable paintings, verses, essays, novels and dramas of stage and screen graced by the splendour and dread of this most spectacular of mythical beings. The V&A’s collection of Sphinxes of all descriptions is extensive and makes an inspiring starting point for an investigation of the way in which, through centuries and civilisations, this creature first born from a human brain has surpassed our wildest imaginings.


Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Weekend course: Myths of the Sphinx

9 May 2020 - 10 May 2020

£147.00 - £195.00

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)