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Taster talk: the male body and its parts


  • 12 April 2019, 6.15 — 6.30pm
  • 3 May 2019, 6 — 6.15pm
  • 7 June 2019, 6 — 6.15pm
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The Renaissance Nude

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Cast of Belvedere Torso (detail)

Plaster cast, early 19th century. 1270 mm x 780 mm x 900 mm. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London..

Drop in for a free 15-minute talk to unearth the hidden stories of the Royal Academy.

Many 18th-century British paintings feature naked men, often emphasising specific parts of the body, especially stomachs and thighs. But male genitalia are often treated differently, rendering the penis both present and absent in a lot of art of this period. Join us for this taster talk to look at some naked male bodies in sculpture and painting across the RA Collection. Let’s see what’s there, what’s missing, and think about why.

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s remarkable Collection and buildings from the RA staff’s insider perspective.

Meet in The Collection Gallery.

Taster talks are free and last 15 minutes. Ask a member of the team on site for further information.

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  • 12 April 2019, 6.15 — 6.30pm
  • 3 May 2019, 6 — 6.15pm
  • 7 June 2019, 6 — 6.15pm

The Collection Gallery, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required.