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Tue, May 31


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Victorians and the Nude

The Victorian Gaze: sexuality, morality and art is the topic of this new online talk by Maria. She'll be looking the difference between the naked and the nude and how photography changed it all! more information below

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Victorians and the Nude
Victorians and the Nude

Time & Location

May 31, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1

Online Meet


About the Event

The degree of nudity tolerated in society vary according to culture. In the Victorian context: Illicit photographic images, “academic” oil studies and large paintings where all know to have been titled nude. There was a fundamental distinction between the nude and the naked. The nude was invariably edited: genitalia hair and body hair were eliminated. Drapes

were often added. The female nude had to be presented doing something “appropriate”, but had to be shown active. Photography’s emergence in the Victorian era paved the way for the social protocols to change; there was now an easy, accessible way for a woman to gaze upon a man without it being shameful.

(Photograph used: Hylas and the Nymphs, by John William Waterhouse, Manchester City Galleries. NB Pre-Raphaelite artist William Waterhouse's “Victorian Nudes” are today considered a sort of “soft-pornographic”art).

delivered by Maria Chester

Please note that once you pay you will get an email confirming your payment. This email will also contain a link for the online lecture. If you have not received any emails with a link, please check your spam or junk folder, or email us and we will manually send you the link.

This lecture will be recorded and can be bought as a On Demand lecture for members of our database once the talk has finished.


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    This ticket is for people who have credit with Art Historical London because they have paid offline in advance. Your sale will be matched with our records, please note that if you have no credit with Art Historical London your entry to the lecture will be blocked.




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