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Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art Hosts Major Titian Exhibition

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art Hosts Major Titian Exhibition

Excerpt from the Tokyo Museum of Art Titian Exhibition January 21 (Sat) – April 2 (Sun), 2017: In the 15th and 16th centuries, Venice, City of Water, prospered dramatically through maritime trade and rose to power as a major world trade center with ties to other cultures. At this time, it entered a golden age […]

Censorship of Italian Renaissance Art

Censorship of Italian Renaissance Art

My experience with censorship echoed the recent (January 2, 2017, Telegraph) story of a historian who was told my Facebook to remove a picture of Neptune in the Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna. Facebook repeatedly told me to remove an image of a nude by Titian that explained the very essence of what my blog and research […]

The Canon Establishes Curriculum for Relevant Art

The Canon Establishes Curriculum for Relevant Art

  Pollock further states, ‘we know these canons – Renaissance, modernist, etc. through what gets hung in galleries…gets put on the curriculum as the standard and necessary topics for study…’64 Nanette Solomon identifies Vasari as the founder of the canon and says, ‘[he] introduced a structure or discursive form that in its incessant repetition, produced […]

The Western Canon in the Gallery and Contemporary Debate

The Western Canon in the Gallery and Contemporary Debate

During the nineteenth century, the privileged status of representations of the female nude was a topic of serious debate and reached its climax in 1885, when Victorian society was still divided on what was considered obscene and art. The paintings that nineteenth century society felt were too sexual are now admired. This unheralded admiration afforded […]

Nineteenth century reactions to nudity in art

Nineteenth century reactions to nudity in art

(continued from Previous Post)- Nineteenth century reactions to nudity in art, such as the British Matron’s letter, may have caused Eastlake to censor erotic images, which set the tone for future acquisitions.32 Scholars are still debating the exact meaning for this complex scene and have even renamed Bronzino’s painting, An Example of Luxury, as it […]

The Triumph of the Phallus, MSc Chapter 1 Continued

The Triumph of the Phallus, MSc Chapter 1 Continued

(Continued from earlier post)…despite the fact that Renaissance female nudes were designed to move the viewer physically and to evoke an erotic response. Erotic paintings from the Italian Renaissance acquired by art galleries also experienced the puritanical cleansing of gallery directors. In an interview with one of the Research Curators at the National Gallery in […]

Displaying the Renaissance Nude MSc Chapter 1

Displaying the Renaissance Nude MSc Chapter 1

1Sep15 • 0 comments

The Nineteenth Century Foundations of Public Galleries This chapter will address the collecting policies of the nineteenth century public gallery regarding erotic images with the hope to shed some insight into the contemporary collecting and display practices of Titian’s Venus Anadyomene.9 It is only as recent as the last decade that sexuality and body image […]

Art in Translation First Prize Article Feminist art history

Art in Translation First Prize Article Feminist art history

27Aug15 • 0 comments

In 2012 I won first prize in a University of Edinburgh art history department competition that summoned students to submit groundbreaking articles to a journal dedicated to global art history Art in Translation. I successfully argued it was necessary to translate a publication from German to English by a feminist art historian Daniela Hammer-Tugendtat who […]

Erotic Images in the Nineteenth Century Gallery

Erotic Images in the Nineteenth Century Gallery

3Mar15 • 0 comments

The Nineteenth Century Foundations of Public Galleries This chapter will address the collecting policies of the nineteenth century public gallery regarding erotic images with the hope to shed some insight into the contemporary collecting and display practices of Titian’s Venus Anadyomene.9 It is only as recent as the last decade that sexuality and body image […]

Displaying the Renaissance Nude MSc Introduction

Displaying the Renaissance Nude MSc Introduction

4May14 • 0 comments

INTRODUCTION Representations of feminine sexuality in art have for many centuries been a contentious subject; mainly due to the debates centered on whether the female nude in art should be sexually enticing or aesthetically valuable. In 1914, Suffragette Mary Richardson damaged Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus (Figure 13) in protest to the imprisonment of her supporter, Emmeline […]