Monday, January 7, 2019

The Sacred and the Sexual - Friday january 18th 11 am at Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini is an an extraordinary Baroque palace built for Pope Urban VIII. It hosts the national collection of Renaissance and Baroque art.
Discovering this unique art collection we will focus on the development of European taste in matter of nudity, sexuality and love to find out that both profane and sacred art pieces are valuable historic sources to comprehend the morality of the European society through the centuries.

 - In Christian societies, patrons and artists valued chastity and celibacy. Depictions of unclothed bodies were very rare and used just to convey ideas of shame, how and when did it change?
- What is the influence of "classical" Greek and Roman art nudes on the development of European art? 

- Nudity in Christian art is just a consequence of Renaissance naturalism or it is an aesthetic choice guided by deep religious beliefs?

- What is the difference in-between nudity and nakedness?

- Are sex objects in art shown just for the viewer's gratification?

- Could sexuality in mythological and biblical themes panting be elevated as a legitimate subject of art?

nudus nudum Christum sequi 

  • Meeting point: Friday january 18th 11 AM, Palazzo Barberini, via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Max group size: 6
  • Price:  adults 35 tickets included

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