The Nude in Art: A leading subject in art history | Matisse/Picasso: Friends & Rivals (Pair Tickets)

(Any 2 tickets purchased for Nude in Art: A leading subject in art history OR Matisse/Picasso: Friends & Rivals talks)

Visual Arts Centre presents The Nude in Art – A leading subject in art history is an art talk and film by esteemed professor Dr. Sian Jay.

In this 2.5 hours session, enjoy an art film by Seventh Art and hear Dr Sian Jay speak about The Nude in Art. This session series will trace the portrayal of the nude body during the course of History from Classical times through the Renaissance and the Neoclassical to Modern Era.

Reviewing the Classical nude, beginning with Ancient Greece, whose culture represented the nude as a means of portraying ideals of beauty and nobility. The lecture will go on to discuss the Renaissance world in which classical ideas were revived and developed further to depict the nude figure as a representation of beauty, heroism, knowledge and the high arts of the time.

Following the development of the nude in western art through the Neoclassical and Realism periods which used the nude to chart a variety of new purposes and ideas, appreciate and understand how the 20th century changed perspective on the nude in art as emotional truth overcome physical realism.

Artworks/Artists featured include Venus of Willendorf, Venus de Milo, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Venus Victrix by Canova, The Turkish Bath by Ingres, Olympia by Manet, The Young Ladies of Avignon by Picasso, The Nude descending the stairs by Duchamp among others.

Visual Arts Centre presents Matisse/Picasso: Friends & Rivals is an art talk and film by esteemed professor Dr. Sian Jay.

This 2.5 hours session will provide an overview of the work of the Modern Masters while examining the main periods of their careers, concentrating on how they were influenced by other great artists of the past, and explaining how the major developments that defined Picasso’s and Matisse’s work have found a lasting place in Art History.

A Picasso-Matisse documentary will conclude the session showing the work of the two great masters, their friendship, their rivalry and their mutual inspiration.

The movie Matisse and Picasso – Twin Giants of Modern Art is an encounter with the two pioneers, two adventurers in painting, who opened new frontiers. In spite of their initial rivalry and their very different temperaments, each came to acknowledge the other as his only true equal.

This art talk and film is jointly presented by Visual Arts Centre and Corcovado Arts.

Single Tickets:

The Nude in Art: A leading subject in art history

Matisse/Picasso: Friends & Rivals

Course description:


Every Monday - Wednesday, from 11 November 2019 - 13 November 2019



Number of Sessions:

2 Sessions

Course Fees:

S$ 70


Visual Arts Centre

Terms and conditions:

All sessions are to be completed within the course duration stated.

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