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Naked or Nude?

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Naked or Nude?

THE BODY ALWAYS EXPRESSES THE SPIRIT WHOSE ENVELOPE IT IS. AND FOR HIM WHO CAN SEE, THE NUDE OFFERS THE RICHEST MEANING. AUGUSTE RODIN

The artistic representation of the naked form has incited much debate throughout history. The line between acceptably nude and brazenly naked has been hotly contested as far back as the 15th century.

Criteria for acceptability has been couched in terms such as comfortable, chaste and balanced, while images of the naked form were considered wanton, lewd and vulnerable. Heavily symbolic, the undressed form has always been an exciting platform from which to explore notions of humanity.

Today the boundaries are increasingly blurred, with contemporary artists, in particular, prepared to throw away the rulebook and express this controversial topic in ground breaking new ways.

The Presenter

Dawn O'Porter

BROADCASTER AND PRINT JOURNALIST, DAWN STARTED HER CAREER BEHIND THE CAMERA, UNTIL MAKING THE LEAP TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LENS TO CONCENTRATE ON PRESENTING.

Her transition into television came through the comedy show Balls of Steel, and has since seen her critiquing a vast array of subjects through a number of critically acclaimed documentaries. She informs and questions modern-day sensibilities through a range of compelling topics, touching on provocative subjects, as well as more lighthearted topics, as seen in her personal tribute to the film, Dirty Dancing. In a quest for answers, Dawn unpicks the subject of naked and nude as art is laid bare and its historical relevance revealed.