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PUBLIC TALK: Living Flesh: splendour, sex and sickness on the surface of the skin

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Today's date is Friday, October 19, 2018
Living Flesh: splendour, sex and sickness on the surface of the skin : Presented by the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and the IAS. Other events...
A public lecture by Lisa Beaven, Lecturer in Art History, La Trobe University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Presented by the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and the Institute of Advanced Studies. This lecture explores the relationship between artistic images of nudity in early modern Europe and societal attitudes to nakedness in real life. Despite the importance of the nude for the history of Western art, little attention has been paid to the effect of such images on contemporariesí perceptions of nakedness. With the advent of humanism during the Renaissance, images of naked gods and goddess multiplied. Instead of viewing these through the lens of classical antiquity this lecture will chart the effects such images had on social values, perceptions of beauty, courtship rituals and intimate sexual behaviour. The more skin was shown, the more it became the focus of theoretical attention, with the widespread belief that this pliant surface could reveal the secrets of temperament, health and destiny.

Lisa Beaven is Lecturer in Art History at La Trobe University. She has previously taught at the Universities of Melbourne and Auckland. She was the 2008 Trendall Fellow at the British School at Rome and from 2014-2018 was a post-doctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at Melbourne University.
Location Fox Lecture Theatre, UWA Arts Building
Contact Institute of Advanced Studies <ias@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 1340
URL http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/beaven
Start Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:00
End Thu, 11 Oct 2018 19:00
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Submitted by Audrey Barton <abarton@admin.uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:25
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