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Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil (detail), 1468 © The National Gallery, London

Key details


  • External (UK)
  • The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Lecture

Wiebke Leister and Catherine McCormack uncover how contradictory snake iconographies have been used in both mythological and biblical paintings as part of Friday Lates at the National Gallery.

Of old, snakes have embodied conflicting hybridities that represent both wisdom and deceit, danger and healing, redemption and destruction.

Join Wiebke Leister and Catherine McCormack for two short 30-minute tours as they reflect on how snake iconographies are used to trigger our symbolic good-evil associations. Their conversations will reveal how the image of transgressive serpents becomes a chance to revisit themes of patriarchal repression and feminist resistance from history, bringing them together with today’s lived experiences.

Session Times

  • 6.30–7pm
  • 7.30–8pm