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A Chr. Perspective on Nudity in Art - I. Hexham

A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE ON NUDITY IN EUROPEAN ART

by Irving Hexham, 2000
 
When Professor Hans Rookmaaker wrote his Modern Art and the Death of a Culture (1967) he demonstrated the truth of his argument through illustrations of famous European paintings of nude figures. This was too much for the editors at InterVarsity Press who insisted that he change his illustrations to meet the sensibilities of its Christian readership. Rookmaaker complied, but he always regretted that the editors lacked the courage to publish his book in its original form because he argued the way in which nudes are portrayed in painting tells us far more about the basic beliefs of the painter and his or her society than anything else.