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Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art episode 2

Mary Beard's Forbidden Art episode 2: Mary unpacks the complex subject of art and ideology, considering a range of very different works that have challenged the political and social status quo, expressing opinions and attitudes that many have wanted to silence - and even erase.     She examines artwork ranging from the etchings of Otto Dix, banned by the Nazis, to the paintings of artist and gay activist Derek Jarman and the now famous (or infamous) statue of Edmund…

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Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art episode 1

Mary Beard's Forbidden Art episode 1: Classicist and broadcaster Professor Mary Beard explores a broad range of thought-provoking and sometimes controversial works of art that tackle unsettling subjects – works that have been fought over, removed from view or simply 'forbidden'. She delves into the questions of what, why and how art gets forbidden, who gets to decide and how that has changed over time.     In the first programme, Mary explores some of the challenging ways that artists…

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Read more about the article Mary Beard’s Shock of the Nude episode 2
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Mary Beard’s Shock of the Nude episode 2

Mary Beard’s Shock of the Nude episode 2: Mary Beard takes on one of the foundation stones of western art - the nude.     Mary gives a deeply personal take on how artists have depicted the naked body, from the ancient Greeks to the taboo-busting painters and sculptors of today. Just why are artists so interested in nudity? And what can art reveal about our own attitudes to the body? Art critics over the centuries have often made lofty…

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Mary Beard’s Shock of the Nude episode 1

Mary Beard’s Shock of the Nude episode 1: With distinctive wit and flair, Mary Beard takes a personal view of the nude in western art and its troubling power to provoke ideas about gender, sex and moral transgression.     In the first programme her provocative two-part essay, classicist and broadcaster Mary Beard takes on the nude. As she says ‘There are an awful lot of naked bodies in western art, and they are often causing trouble even now.’ From…

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Meet the Romans with Mary Beard episode 3 – Behind Closed Doors

Meet the Romans with Mary Beard episode 3 - Behind Closed Doors: We still live in the shadow of ancient Rome - a city at the heart of a vast empire that stretched from Scotland to Afghanistan, dominating the West for over 700 years. Professor Mary Beard puts aside the stories of emperors and armies, guts and gore, to meet the real Romans living at the heart of it all.     In this final episode, Mary delves even deeper…

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