“Whose Nudes? Painting, Collecting, Displaying the Body in Early Modern Europe” is a scholarly symposium held in conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition, Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado. It is jointly organized by the Clark’s Research and Academic Program and Museum Program. Developing from the central themes of the show, the symposium seeks to rethink and challenge issues relating to 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, Flemish & 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 of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European art.