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Taster talk: the male nude


  • 13 January 2020, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 10 February 2020, 2 — 2.15pm
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Glycon the Athenian and Lysippus, Cast of the Farnese Hercules, c.1790.

Plaster cast, c.1790. 3270 mm x 1540 mm x 1150 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

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

Learning to draw the male nude from plaster casts and then from life formed part of the artist’s training at the Royal Academy. Join us to consider the tradition of painting ‘heroic’ male nudes and considers some examples from the RA Collection.

What sort of market existed for paintings of heroic action or heroic suffering, and what other types of paintings did artists make? And what challenges did this male nude tradition pose for any female members of the Royal Academy?

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s remarkable Collection and buildings from the RA staff’s insider perspective. Taster talks take place at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

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

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  • 13 January 2020, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 10 February 2020, 2 — 2.15pm

The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required