Censoring the Body by Edward Lucie-Smith
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Censoring the Body
By Edward Lucie-Smith

Censoring the Body

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Censoring the Body by Edward Lucie-Smith

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"Manifestos For The Twenty-First Century" is a "Seagull" Series created in collaboration with Index On Censorship, a home and a voice for freedom of expression since it was founded in 1972. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781905422531
ISBN-10: 1905422539
Format: Hardback
(189mm x 115mm x 13mm)
Pages: 100
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edward Lucie-Smith

Edward Lucie-Smith is an internationally renowned art critic and historian. He has published over 100 books, notably Movements in Art since 1945, Visual Arts of the 20th Century, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Art Today, now used as standard texts throughout the world.

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