The Nude: History & Theory

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
The Nude: History & Theory
Spring 2023
Taught By: Bradley Collins
Section: A

CRN: 12037

Credits: 3

Few images are as powerful as the nude. The unclothed figure, whether male or female, can embody everything from beauty and strength to suffering and ecstasy. It can arouse the strongest desire or provoke the most violent outrage. This course will use traditional art historical approaches as well as newer methodologies such as psychoanalysis and feminism to gain a critical understanding of the nude. Although the course will closely examine paintings and sculpture by Western masters such as Michelangelo, Rubens, and Picasso, it will also explore the immensely varied ways in which different cultures and different historical periods have envisioned such a seemingly timeless and universal subject. This will involve looking at pre-historic art, non-Western works, and attempts by contemporary artists of both genders to reclaim and reinvent this age-old tradition. The course will discuss as well the effect of popular culture on depictions of the nude and, in particular, how costume and fashion both determine and are determined by ideal body types.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:48am EDT 4/1/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 906
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023