Classicist Mary Beard peeks behind the fig leaf to find the truth behind the nude in art.
We wipe our internet browsing histories to spare our blushes, yet admire a nude in an art gallery without the blink of an eye. But, asks classicist Mary Beard, is it really the ennobling effects of great art that sees us queuing up for famous nudes from Aphrodite to Michaelangelo’s David?
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Gleefully, Beard strips away our lofty claims to reveal the truth behind our obsession with the body in art.
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