Nude: Art from the Tate Collection
The nude is central to the history of western art. Symbolizing beauty, expressing love, and reflecting on what it means to be human, artists’ representations of the naked body are also continuously challenging and controversial. Tate’s renowned collection of historic, modern, and contemporary art includes paintings ranging from late 19th century Victorian depictions of classical mythology and history to present-day politicized representations of the artists’ own bodies. This exhibition tells the story of the depiction of the naked body over the span of 200 years of western art history.
Through the presentation of approximately 130 artworks – paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs – visitors will see how the representation of the nude has evolved in the context of both artistic expression and shifts in social and political attitudes.
Image: Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953, image©Tate, London 2017