OBJECTS OUT LOUD

Poetry and literature inspired by our collections

From a magician who inspired Shakespeare, and poems woven into Japanese prints, to manuscripts illuminated with the ancient love story of Layla and Majnun, this new podcast series will delve into the poetry and literature hidden in the collections at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Join us each Friday, until 12 March, for a new audio adventure.

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EPISODE LIST

 

What connects James Bond and Shakespeare? The answer: John Dee, magician, spy, theatre director, and inventor of the British Empire. Take a journey through his bizarre and extraordinary life, and hear him speak in his own words, alongside the poetry from Shakespeare and Marlowe.

 

Click on the image tile, below, to view the painting mentioned in this episode, or click on the link here to find out more about it on our Collections Online website. Click here to find the episode transcript.

 

 

In 1506, Michelangelo witnessed the excavation of a long-lost Roman sculpture, showing a battle between man and monster. This sculpture has inspired writers and artists for generations, including Vergil and Goethe. Meet the Laocoon group, and hear these writers in their own words.

 

Click on the image tile, below, to view the Laocoon group mentioned in this episode, or click on the link here to find out more about it on our Collections Online website. Click here to find the episode transcript.

 

 

In this episode, Clare Pollard, the Curator of Japanese Art, and researcher Kiyoko Hanaoka introduce us to surimono prints, which combined poems and picture puzzles in beautiful objects designed to be exchanged as gifts by members of Japanese poetry clubs. Join them as they decode the clues in these complex and beautiful prints.

 

Click on the image tiles, below, to view the two woodblock prints mentioned in this episode, or click on the links here to find out more about them on our Collections Online website. Click here to find the episode transcript.

 

 

Lizzie Siddall was the 19th century’s proto-supermodel. Her beauty inspired the artists and poets of her generation, who presented her as a mysterious, fairytale creature. We tend to know her through the filter of the men who painted her, but in the archives of the Ashmolean Museum, you can encounter the real Lizzie. Behind the silent muse of Pre-Raphaelite art was a vibrant, creative woman, who was herself a talented poet and artist. In this episode, meet one of history’s most famous models, on her own terms.

 

Click on the image tiles, below, to view the artworks mentioned in this episode, or click on the links here to find out more about them on our Collections Online website.