Project Description

Stripped Naked: The Nude in Art

  • Monday 18 October 2021 at 16:30


  • Lecturer: Stella Lyons

  • Members: No charge (included in Membership Fees)
    Non-Members: 10 Euro Payable in advance

  • Our Patron: Palomino Properties

It’s no secret that a large portion of Art History is about sex. From Titian’s ravishing Venus of Urbino to Ingres’ sensual Odalisques, the nude has remained a key genre of art throughout the centuries. Looking at nude imagery from Classical Greece up until the present day, this lecture explores the roles of both female and male nudes in art.
Is the female nude always an object of desire? Are male nudes always symbols of power? What has conditioned us to believe these notions? Are there artists who challenge the conventional gender roles? This talk will investigate these topics and look at how the nude has enraptured and enraged generations of viewers.

About the Lecturer

Stella Lyons is a freelance Art History lecturer, speaker and writer accredited with The Arts Society. She has lectured across the UK, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Malaysia and will soon embark on a lecturing tour in Australasia.
Stella gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol (2007-2011), and her MA in History of Art from the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris.
Stella runs her own Art History lectures both in person and online. She is a regular lecturer in the UK and Europe for The Arts Society, Tour companies, and the National Trust, amongst others. Stella is also a part-time lecturer for the University of South Wales.
She has written about art for several publications and her article on Norwegian art was recently featured on the front cover of The Arts Society magazine.
In addition to her lecturing work, Stella works as an artist’s model for the internationally renowned figurative artist, Harry Holland