Myths of the Sphinx

Weekend course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Saturday 9 May 2020 – Sunday 10 May 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

This event is unfortunately cancelled. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been cancelled there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog (link).

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Portrait of Course Leader 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

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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