Tracing the history of the nude within British art, this documentary travels back to the Victorian era to discover how the tradition flourished. Greek and Roman classicism was the inspiration behind many of the nude paintings of this era, and this in-depth portrayal takes a look at artists including William Etty, Lord Leighton and George Frederic Watts, as they demonstrate the power and poise of their subjects.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Though today the Victorian era is considered extremely prudish, the artists of that period created a tradition of the nude in British art, drawing upon Greek and Roman classicism to affirm Britain's superiority at a time of skyrocketing pornography and prostitution. This fascinating insight into the art, mores and psyche of a bygone age includes a wide variety of images from painting, photography and film, including works by such noted artists as William Etty, Lord Leighton and George Frederic Watts.