The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus, about 1499, Piero di Cosimo. Worcester Art Museum, MA, Museum Purchase, 1937.76. Image © the Worcester Art Museum

The Nude on the Road to Perdition during the Renaissance (and Today)


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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Renaissance nudes have long been associated with the loftiest achievements of European art. The perfection of an idealized body was equated with virtue. Yet, the sensuality of some depictions of the nude body walked a fine line between abstract notions of pure beauty and in-your-face eroticism. Thomas Kren, curator of The Renaissance Nude, considers the discomfort that many of these masterpieces aroused during their time, and the admiration and outrage still provoked by nude depictions today.

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