Stripped Naked: The Nude in Art History

It’s no secret that a large portion of Art History is about sex. From Titian’s ravishing Venus of Urbino to Ingres’ sensual Odalisques, the nude has remained a key genre of art throughout the centuries.
Looking at nude imagery from Classical Greece up until the present day, this lecture explores the roles of both female and male nudes in art. 

Is the female nude always an object of desire? Are male nudes always symbols of power? What has conditioned us to believe these notions? Are there artists who challenge the conventional gender roles? This talk will investigate these topics and look at how the nude has enraptured and enraged generations of viewers.