The Art of Seeing – the Myth of Echo and Narcissus 


with Mary Attwood 

Thursday 26th October 2023

7-8pm UK time via Zoom


“He knows not what he sees, but what he sees

invites him. Even as the pool deceives

 his eyes, it tempts them with delights. But why,

o foolish boy, do you persist? Why try to grip an image?” 

Narcissus, from Ovid

In this session, we will explore just one work of art for the hour, a potent image, telling the myth of Echo and Narcissus. With Roman poet Ovid’s text as our framework, the myth will be experienced as living rather than confined to the words on the page or the image in a painting, as we seek to get know it better. We will encounter Echo, who is cursed, and loses the ability start a sentence on her own. She can only finish others’ sentences, or echo what others have already said; and Narcissus, the beautiful young demi-god who Echo becomes infatuated with. Mute unless someone else has spoken however, she is unable to call to Narcissus. Later, Narcissus falls in love with his reflection in a pool of water…
Like all great myths, they show us a distilled and truer form of reality which logic cannot achieve by itself, and have a relevance to today’s world. We will reflect on the deeper meaning of this myth, personally and societally, as a myth that is perhaps calling us to listen more intently to its wisdom in our 21st century modern age. 

These sessions take a threefold approach of theory, practice and reflection with just one work of art.  The work of art will not be revealed until the session, but do please bring open eyes, ears and a pen and paper. Or, if you prefer to just listen and look, you can do that too.  These sessions are open to everyone whether you are a seasoned art lover or not. 

 This session will be recorded.



In order to book please visit Mary’s website here



Mary Attwood is an art historian, author, mentor and business creative with a particular interest in the ways in which our perceptions of art can awaken us to a deeper, embodied dimension of being we have lost in our post-modern age. She is a founding member and co-director of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, and co- founder and director of Channel McGilchrist. She holds a BA (hons) in the History of Art from London University where she followed her passion to study Italian late medieval and renaissance art and architecture, while also pursuing her interest in Eastern philosophy, qualifying as a teacher in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and co-authoring two books published by Watkins. She holds an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. She believes that the ways in which we engage with art can alter perceptions and consciousness and help us meet the complexities of modern living by offering a renaissance of humane and sacred values.



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