The Female Nude


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The female nude is a cornerstone of Western art, so how should we interpret her importance? Cristen and Caroline investigate the art history and societal significance of these mysterious unclothed muses.

Episode Sources:

"Do Women STILL Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met. Museum?" http://www.guerrillagirls.com/posters/nakedthroughtheages.shtml

"The top 10 female nudes in art" http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/apr/15/top-10-female-nudes-art

"The top 10 male nudes in art" http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/apr/10/top-10-male-nudes-art

"The Nude in Western Art and Its Beginnings in Antiquity" http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/nuan/hd_nuan.htm

"The Nude in Art - A Brief History" http://www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/exhibitions/djc/lifestudy/graves/

"Female Nudes in Art History" http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/genres/female-nudes-art-history.htm

"A Very Brief History of the Female Nude in Western Art" http://www.paularosekc.com/a-very-brief-history-of-the-female-nude-in-western-art/

"Book Review / Manufacturers of the ideal woman: The female nude: Art, Obscenity and sexuality by Lynda Nead" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/book-review--manufacturers-of-the-ideal-woman-the-female-nude-art-obscenity-and-sexuality-by-lynda-nead-routledge-pounds-35-pounds-1099-1563403.html

"Bush's War" http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/07/portrait_of_ms_ruby_may_leena_mccall_s_painting_runs_up_against_the_pubic.html

"A Brief History of Pubic Hair in Art" http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/brief-history-of-pubic-hair-in-art.html

Academic Insights:

"The nude in modernity and postmodernity." Pam Meecham and Julie Sheldon. Modern Art: A Critical Introduction. 2005. https://books.google.com/books?id=YrEuAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=male+vs+female+nude+art&source=bl&ots=KAu93C-tdE&sig=HyVd3Fr0hv3LyI0SD_pU2eC3-2o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sNjwVJOgE9a2ogSukIJI&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBzgK#v=onepage&q=male%20vs%20female%20nude%20art&f=false

"Nudity as Costume in Classical Art." Larissa Bonfante. American Journal of Archaeology. October 1989. http://home.lu.lv/~harijs/Macibu%20materiali%20,teksti/Gramatas%20Seno%20Laiku%20Vesture%20%28%20Elektroniski%20%29/Antika%20Kultura/Antika%20Kultura/Nudity%20as%20a%20Costyme%20in%20Classical%20Art.pdf

"The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality." Lynda Nead. 1992. https://books.google.com/books?id=A2uIAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Female+Nude:+Art,+Obscenity,+and+Sexuality&hl=en&sa=X&ei=h83wVJeNGoyuogSlyILwBA&ved=0CCAQuwUwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

"A Pedagogy of the Black Female Body: Viewing Angele Essamba's Black Female Nudes." Ayo A. Coly. Third Text. November 2010. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09528822.2010.517914#.VRlP7fnF-PU

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