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Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: James Turner

Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Stephens Hall
In his study of High Renaissance art, Professor of English James Turner demonstrates the surprisingly close connection between explicitly pornographic art and the canonical works of masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Eros Visible (Yale, 2017) examines how a new sex-positive philosophy not only encouraged an increased accentuation of sensual and erotic themes in art, but influenced the sexual cultures of both the court and the art studio. After an introduction, Turner will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.