Everything you didn’t know about the Renaissance Nude, with Jill Burke

EPISODE 2 of the Behind the Scenes at the Museum 🎙 is now out!

Tiffany talks to Jill Burke, a prize-winning researcher in Italian Renaissance art history, senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and one of the curators of the Royal Academy exhibition ‘The Renaissance Nude’. Remarkably, Jill’s fabulous book, ‘The Italian Renaissance Nude’, is the first scholarly monograph to focus on the inception of the Italian Renaissance Nude.

They talk about the hidden influences and impact of the Renaissance nude upon the social and political reality of Italy – why did representations of the nude proliferate in this period? What kind of society produced them? What did they mean? What was the difference between the male and female nude – and who was doing the looking?

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Image: Saint Sebastian by Agnolo Bronzino 1533, on loan to the RA from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.