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James Barry, The Temptation of Adam, 1767-1770 © National Gallery of Ireland
William Laffan: ‘The Irish nude from the eighteenth
century until today’

Thursday 20 September, 6–7pm


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The nude is a contested genre in Irish art. As recently as 2010 Mick O’Dea, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, could write: ‘even fundamentalist cultures have produced more nudes than we have’.

This talk by the co-curator of the exhibition shows that there has in fact been a distinguished tradition of painting the nude going back to exhibits at the Society of Artists in the 1760s.

The talk features the work of eighteenth-century artists such as James Barry, Hugh Douglas Hamilton and Robert Fagan and exciting contemporary practitioners who explore the unclothed body in their art including Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross and Kathy Prendergast.

William Laffan is an art historian and author, and former editor of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, the Journal of the Irish Georgian Society.

James Barry, The Temptation of Adam, 1767-1770 © National Gallery of Ireland


 

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