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How studying classics taught me how to appreciate art

Painters can be acute readers of classical poetry

By Charlotte Higgins   December 2019

Illustration: Kate Hazell

There are lots of weird side benefits in having studied classics—even a bit of classics, not necessarily the full torture version involving learning the dual and the aorist passive. One of them is knowing, roughly, what the hell is going on when you look up at an elaborately painted ceiling in some grand country house, or gazing at the walls of the National Gallery.

It has to be said, it doesn’t get you a…

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