Awkward Art Histories: Nude vs Naked: when is an image art and when is it pornography?
Friday 2 December, 7pm
The fourth Awkward Art History by Art Historian Sue Ecclestone – Sue will lead us through some of the more sensitive subjects of art historical discourse not usually discussed in mainstream art history lectures.
From Lucas Cranach and Michelangelo to Francisco de Goya and Ingre; from Manet and Courbet to Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe the bare human form has been a common subject for artists and characterised in many different genres. But when is the representation of an unclothed, human body art? Why do we view one illustration as tasteful, acceptable and artistic - in art historical terms The Nude – but another as distasteful, unacceptable and porn?
In this talk we ponder the question that has occupied Art Historians and art lovers for centuries and discuss a few of the key differences between Nude and naked.
Please be aware that this talk will include some explicit images.