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A Clark Symposium: Whose Nudes? Painting, Collecting, Displaying the Body in Early Modern Europe

Symposium: 23 September 2016

Information from the organizers, 28 July 2016

The Clark Art Institute will hold a scholarly symposium in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition, Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado on September 23, 2016. Developing from the central themes of the show, the symposium seeks to rethink and challenge issues relating to paintings of the nude by Northern and Southern European artists in the early modern period. A source of delight, anxiety, and wonder, the nude body was – and remains – a significant vehicle for artistic expression and experience. This event brings together a group of international scholars, specializing in Italian, Spanish, and Netherlandish art, to create an engaging public conversation around the role and representation of the nude, as well as broader practices of display and collecting in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. The symposium, organized jointly by the Clark’s Museum and Research and Academic Program, seeks to engage art historians from both the academy and the museum.

“Titian’s Europa: When a Nude Is More than a Nude—But Not That Much More”
Hilliard Goldfarb, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

“Uncovering the Uncovered: The Nude in Spanish Sculpture Collections”
Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, University of Vermont

“Erotic Heroic: Masculinity, the Male Nude, and the Clash of Conventions in Netherlandish Art around 1550”
Tianna Uchacz, Columbia University

“Exempt from Indecency: Rubens’s Nudes for the Spanish King”
Alejandro Vergara, Museo Nacional del Prado

“Michaelina Woutiers in the Company of Bacchus: The Power of Unruly Self-Representation”
Katlijne Van der Stighelen, KU Leuven

Additional information

For more information and the complete program, please visit: For questions and additional information, you may also contact Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt (

Advance registration required.

This program is supported in part by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the USA and by the Québec Government Office in Boston.

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