NFWI Study Day: The Female Nude

Velázquez, The Toilet of Venus (The Rokeby Venus), 1647-5.
Credit @ The National Gallery

The next WI Study Day, The Female Nude, will be held at the National Gallery on Friday 22 November 2019.

Many male artists have felt the urge to paint the female nude! But do women artists represent female bodies differently? And can the female nude survive #metoo?

At the Study Day, you’ll discover how changing ideal of beauty are reflected in paintings from the curvy Renaissance goddesses of Rubens and Titian to the brave, raw or erotic images of the body by contemporary female artists Jenny Saville and Cornelia Parker.

Learn about iconic paintings at a day of slide talks by National Gallery experts, while reflecting on issues such as the gendered gaze, the bias we bring to perceptions of the body, and how some curators are becoming more conscientious in how they contextualise works that might be viewed as disturbing.

Friday 22 November 2019
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London
11am – 3.30pm
Cost to attend: £25 each

Spaces are limited and we are expecting this event to sell out quickly. Please complete and return your application form, along with your payment (cheques must be made payable to NFWI) as soon as possible to Helen Neal at the NFWI Unit, Denman, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6NW. Please contact 01865 391788 ext 279 or with any questions.

Group bookings must be submitted on the separate National Gallery Group Booking Form and full payment must be made when booking. *Refunds will not be possible and it is the responsibility of the Federation/Group Booking Leader to ensure all tickets are sold and passed on to the members attending.

*Refunds will only be given if the event is cancelled by either the National Gallery or the NFWI.

Please note: ticket price does not include lunch and refreshments. For reasons of security and safety, the National Gallery has a bag size policy in place. Please refer to for details of the policy

The National Gallery is an art museum in Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, in Central London. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The Gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge. It is among the most visited art museums in the world.

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