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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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Read more about the article The Nude in Art episode 4 – The Modern
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The Nude in Art episode 4 – The Modern

The Nude in Art episode 4 - The Modern: the 20th century changed everything. Emotional truth overcame physical realism. With photography and film, nothing seemed beyond the artists interest or capabilities.     If there is one genre of art that seems to have played a greater role than any other, it is the nude. For at least 30,000 years, humans have represented the naked form in a variety of ways. From the ideal to the real, the Romantic to…

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Read more about the article The Nude in Art episode 3 – The Enlightenment
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The Nude in Art episode 3 – The Enlightenment

The Nude in Art episode 3: the naked form took on many different uses. For some, it represented virtue, for others, vice. It was used to shock, to coerce, to titillate, to impress, and to instruct.     If there is one genre of art that seems to have played a greater role than any other, it is the nude. For at least 30,000 years, humans have represented the naked form in a variety of ways. From the ideal to…

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The Nude in Art episode 2 – The Renaissance

A lively visual journey illustrating how the Christian idea of nudity -associated with sin - was replaced with the idea of nudity symbolizing beauty and sensuality. Features significant works of Botticelli, Michelangelo and Giotto.     If there is one genre of art that seems to have played a greater role than any other, it is the nude. For at least 30,000 years, humans have represented the naked form in a variety of ways. From the ideal to the real,…

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