Synopsis by Mark Deming
While the Victorian era in England is generally regarded as a time of great sexual repression, it's also the same era where British artists began to embrace the nude figure as a favored subject, drawing from Roman and Greek influences to create an aestetically idealized portrait of the female form. Empire of the Nude: The Victorian Nude is a documentary which explores the creative, social and moral phenomenon of the rise of the nude as a subject in British painting, sculpture and photography. The film includes interviews with artists and historians George Frederic Watts, William Etty, and Lord Leighton.
aesthetics, British, mores, nudity, painting, photography, sculpture, sexuality, Victorian