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Victorian Nude: Sexuality, Morality, and Art
     

Victorian Nude: Sexuality, Morality, and Art

by Alison Smith, Marsh Jordan
 
Controversy surrounding Nudity in art is as strong now as it was during the nineteenth century. Selected Victorian paintings of the nude are still hidden from public view. In this major new work, Alison Smith unravels the fascinating background to this situation and reveals the paradox of the nude as an object of public moral outrage.

Smith reveals how images

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Controversy surrounding Nudity in art is as strong now as it was during the nineteenth century. Selected Victorian paintings of the nude are still hidden from public view. In this major new work, Alison Smith unravels the fascinating background to this situation and reveals the paradox of the nude as an object of public moral outrage.

Smith reveals how images of the nude were used at all levels of Victorian culture from high-art paintings, to photographs and popular entertainments, and 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. Includes discussion on the work of Lord Leighton, Burne-Jones, Rosetti, Millais, Watts, Waterhouse, Henrietta Rae and Anna Lea Merrit.

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Booknews
Examines the precarious position of art depicting nudes in the Victorian era in England. The author shows how the nude became one of the most prestigious categories within Victorian high art while at the same time arousing extremely bitter disputes. The focus is on the main debates surrounding the exhibition of nude art in public from 1830 through the 1880s, with particular emphasis placed on the year 1885 because of the social purity crusade that climaxed in that year. The author draws on letters to the editor, pamphlets, and other primary sources for her research. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719044038
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

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Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
December 12, 1968
Place of Birth:
Rochester, New York
Education:
B.A., Brown University, 1992
Website:
http://www.namealltheanimals.com

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