The nude reviewed: Looking at images of the human body in art history

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Join Associate Professor Linda Tyler, Director, Centre for Art Studies, The University of Auckland, and Milica Madanović, MA Belgrade, for a four-week Continuing Education course on The nude reviewed: Looking at images of the human body in art history.

The course is arranged in conjunction with Auckland Art Gallery and timed to coincide with The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate and will address questions such as 'What is a nude? How is it different from being naked?' and explore concepts such as 'body', 'masculinity', 'femininity' and 'nudity', which in the past could claim consensus. Over recent decades, however, these terms have come to be contested. This course will take participants on an expedition into art history, tracing representations of the body from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Each week key concepts will be explored in relation to the works in The Body Laid Bare, and the course will culminate in a guided visit to the exhibition.
For more information, visit the Lifelong Learning website or phone 0800 864 266.

Course outline: 

Week 1: Nineteenth-century art and the academic nude 
Introduction to the course, Manet and Giorgione, and the concept of the male gaze. British Neoclassicism and the representation of antiquity.

Week 2: The Naked Truth: Late Impressionists and early twentieth-century practice 
Modernism and the nude, Picasso, Matisse, Schmidt-Rotluff.

Week 3: Eroticism in art: Women artists and the body
Rodin’s The Kiss, and male homosexuality represented by David Hockney.

Week 4: Visit to The Body Laid Bare
Guided visit to the exhibition to discussion of some of the works in the show.


Wed 14–28 Jun, 6–8pm and Sat 1 Jul, 10am–12pm

University of Auckland
$150 members, $190 non-members
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