Surprising Nudes

A talk by Juliet Heslewood

Relating to the Ashmolean's spring exhibition Degas to Picasso

Tuesday 7 March 2017: 11.00-12.00

The nude as a subject in the history of art goes back to ancient times. Through nakedness the human body could be revealed as an object of beauty. But not all bodies are beautiful. From the mid-C.19th artists were keen to show many aspects of nudity that turned conventional views upside down, reminding us of how we really appear. Juliet Heslewood uses the example of the nude to illustrate the rise of Modernism in France, the subject of the Ashmolean's spring exhibition Degas to Picasso.

Juliet Heslewood is an author, art historian and a lecturer for NADFAS and the Ashmolean.

Cost: £6

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Tickets for the Degas to Picasso exhibition must be purchased separately.