• 9 May 2014
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

By 1800, nymphs had long been central to the representation of erotic themes in painting, sculpture and poetry across the continent. As scientific attitudes toward the sexuality of the human body developed in late eighteenth century Britain, the nymph was absolutely central to corresponding changes in the representation of erotic feeling in art. The advent of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars impacted the way artists in Britain depicted the human form, and the eroticism of the nymph was positioned in opposition to ideological and monumental deployments of antiquity that proliferated during this time. Exploring images of nymphs produced throughout the wartime and into the post-war period, this paper will expand upon Bodies of Nature, a BP spotlight display open to the public between April 28th and October 19th, 2014 at Tate Britain. 

To book your place please contact the Centre's Co-ordinator Ella Fleming on: efleming@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk