Uncovering the Body

Idealised nudes from mythological and religious scenes contrast with uncompromising, and occasionally grotesque, studies of the human form. Complementing the major exhibition Bellows and the Body, this display includes stylistically diverse works from a broad time period, with drawings and prints by artists such as Tiepolo, William Orpen, and a recently acquired nude study by Augustus John.

Bellows and the Body

The Real, the Ideal and the Nude In February 2015 the Barber announced an important new acquisition – Nude, Miss Bentham (1906), an early masterpiece by one of the most significant American painters of the early 20th century.  This compelling nude study is only the second painting by George Bellows (1882 – 1925) in a … Read more


Bellows and the Body This special one-day symposium will gather academics and curators from Europe and the US for a series of conversations exploring how George Bellows and other Ashcan School artists approached the body.  A full day of papers, followed by a round-table discussion, addresses diverse themes including censorship, the significance of the life class … Read more