The Genius of British Art


Series 1 - Episode 3 Flesh



Howard Jacobson celebrates the way homegrown artists depict sex and desire, focusing on how the theme was conveyed in Victorian art. He explains how creative pioneers such as William Etty introduced the nude in the 1820s, launching the era as a golden age of sexual imagery. The writer also examines how works from this time display an awareness of the consequences of sex - a feature he believes is absent from other countries' output.