Item description for Censoring the Body (Manifestos for the Twenty-First Century) by Edward Lucie-Smith...
From the earliest times human beings have found it difficult to represent their own bodies in a straightforward way. At the dawn of art, representations of the nude body focused almost entirely on fertility, with some cultures explicit and others rather more prudish about representing the unclothed body. With the coming of Christianity, representations of the nude became associated with the idea of the Fall of Man and original sin. This conflicted with the need to show nude or nearly nude bodies when representing episodes from the Passion of Christ and the martyrdoms of popular saints. These tensions have been inherited in ever more complex form by modern society. Today, representations of the nude remain a battleground, fought over by libertarians and anti-libertarians. Most recently, feminism has challenged images of the female nude, while an increasing moral panic now restricts the depiction of the naked child - images which would have been commonplace in the art of the Renaissance. Censoring the Body exposes our bodies and our ideas about our bodies, revealing the complex historical and cultural legacies which frame - and obscure - our vision.
Manifestos for the Twenty-First Century is a Seagull series ceated in collaboration with the Index on Censorship, a home and voice for freedom and expression since it was founded in 1972
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Nov 13, 2007
Publisher Seagull Books
ISBN 1905422539 ISBN13 9781905422531
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More About Edward Lucie-Smith
Edward Lucie-Smith is a well-known author, art critic, and historian. Lucie-Smith has written many books, including The Glory of Angels, Movements in Art Since 1945, Visual Arts in the 20th Century, The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms, and Art Today. He has acted as curator for numerous exhibits and lectures internationally. He contributes regularly to ArtReview magazine. He lives in London.