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The speakers in this programme are Aaron Scharf, professor of art history, and Brian Stone, reader in literature, who introduces the programme. They take a single subject, the myth of Leda and the ...Swan and compare its treatment in poetry and art. There is a brief resume of the myth and then Brian Stone reads and analyses W.B. Yeats' poen "Leda and the Swan" comparing it with paintings of the sane subject. Aaron Scharf talks about the wash drawing of Leda by Gericault and draws an analogy between the mood of painting and poem - the essence of a moment. He goes on to analyse the way in which Gericault achieves his effect. The programme ends with a short discussion between Brian Stone and Aaron Scharf on unity and rhythm in art and literature, with particular reference to Yeats and Gericault.
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Module code and title: A100, Humanities: a foundation course
Item code: A100; 16
First transmission date: 05-05-1971
Published: 1971
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Duration: 00:22:28
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Producer: Mary Hoskins
Contributors: Cicely Haveley; Aaron Scharf; Brian Stone
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Gericault; Michelangelo; Painting; Poetry; Yeats
Footage description: Brian Stone introduces the programme. The unit will compare the treatment of the same subject by two different art forms - poetry and painting. Cicely Haveley reads the myth of Leda and the Swan accompanied by shots of: 'Zeus hurling a thunderbolt', 'Danae and shower of Gold'. 'Europa and the Bull' Da Sesto's 'Leda and the Swan' Yeats' poem 'Leda and the Swan' is read. The lines are captioned. Stone analyses the poem. He speculates on the influence the following art works may have had on the poet. Shots of a copy of Michelangelo's 'Leda', Gericault's 'Leda', Hellenistic relief depicting Leda and the Swan. Stone continues his analysis of Yeats' poem line by line. The lines are captioned as they are discussed. Shot of Europa and the Bull. Scharf briefly discusses the painting. Shot of Da Sesto's 'Leda and the Swan'. Scharf analyses this painting. Shot of Gericault's 'Leda'. Scharf discusses the wash drawing. He believes that the fundamental meaning of both Yeat's poem and Gericault's drawing is the same. Scharf takes up some of Gericault's other subjects to express his view of the artist's mood as expressed in 'Leda'. Shot of Gericault's 'The Assassin' and 'Horse frightened by lightning'. Scharf continues his analysis of Gericault's work. Stone and Scharf discuss unity and rhythm in art, with particular reference to Yeats and Gericault.
Master spool number: 6LT/10017
Production number: 00520_1316
Videofinder number: 2375
Available to public: no