The nude in Western painting

Date and time

Monday 24 July, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Lydia Bauman


Admission free

The word 'nude', as opposed to 'naked', suggests artistic interpretation and a change from an objective observation of ordinary reality, to an invented realm of beauty.

Exploring paintings of the unclothed body can reveal changing attitudes towards the human form as well as the vagaries of artistic tastes. Art historian Lydia Bauman traces the changing depictions of the nude in Western painting.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust

Image above: Detail from Peter Paul Rubens, The Judgement of Paris, about 1597–9