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The Art of Life: Charlotte Higgins

21 December 2021

The Art of Life podcast invites guests to pick three works that have shaped their lives. Along the way we talk about their own work, and how the art in question may have informed or connected with it.

In this episode of The Art of Life the journalist, author and classicist Charlotte Higgins picks out three works of art that have been significant for her, taking us from Meredith Frampton to Velázquez via Phyllida Barlow. She discusses her latest book, a retelling of the Greek myths that puts female characters centre stage, and how her research for the book saw her grappling with an ancient-style loom – and learning along the way that she would never have made a good Roman matron. Charlotte also talks about stealing from Muriel Spark, and the privilege that comes with being a journalist in her field. ‘Why would anyone want to do any other job?’

  1. A Game of Patience, 1937, Meredith Frampton (1894–1984). Ferens Art Gallery.
  2. dock, 2014, Phyllida Barlow (b. 1944). Tate Britain commission for the Duveen Galleries.
  3. The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne, 1655–60, Diego Velázquez (1599–1660). Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins is published by Jonathan Cape. Greek Myths, a print portfolio by Chris Ofili accompanying the book, is available from Victoria Miro.

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