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Title:
The Victorian nude : sexuality, morality, and art
Author:
Smith, Alison, 1962-
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Publication Information:
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
xii, 256 pages, 8 pages of color plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The nude in early Victorian England, 1837-1860 -- The renaissance of the nude -- The body politic.
ISBN:
9780719044021

9780719044038
Format :
Book

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Central Library N7574.5.G7 S65 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

Controversy surrounding nudity in art is as strong now as it was during the 19th century. Selected Victorian paintings of the nude are still hidden from public view. In this work, the author unravels the background to this situation and reveals the paradox of the nude as an object of public moral outrage. The text reveals how images of the nude were used at all levels of Victorian culture, from high-art paintings to photographs and popular entertainments. It questions whether these were a valid form of representation or, in fact, pornography. The nude was considered to be the most prestigious and pure form of art, whilst at the same time was vilified by the state because of its incitement to unregulated sexual activity. The book includes discussion on the work of Lord Leighton, Burne-Jones, Rosetti, Millais, Watts, Waterhouse, Henrietta Rae and Anna Lea Merritt.


Author Notes

Alison Smith is a curator at Tate Britain. She lives in London, England.


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