On Sunday, July 16th at 16:00, the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti hosts the show "The Eternal Enchantment of Venus. From Prassitele to Modigliani" by Corrado Augias.
CORRADO AUGIAS AT SPOLETO 60 WITH THE ETERNAL ENCHANTMENT OF VENUS
On Sunday, July 16th the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti hosts the show by Corrado Augias: The Eternal Enchantment of Venus. From Prassitele to Modigliani
The images of nude - especially of women - are now a habitual show. Few wonder how this has become such a frequent habit today that it has worn away the disruptive value it had in the past. One wonders how such an outcome has been reached. The show will respond to this possible question by retracing the various stages which have led to the current situation including social, custom and in some cases political causes that have accompanied its course.
With a premise: the need to show nakedness has always existed for many and different reasons- sexual, symbolic and mythical. In the first place, this is demonstrated by the archaic statuary, then by the great statues and frescoes of the Greco-Roman period. These nudes represented nudity for the sake of nudity, but they were also a symbol of something else, such as a god like Venus. In fact, these figures were called Venuses even though they often had nothing to do with the famous goddess of love.
Slowly, with the passing of centuries, nudity was liberated by the pretext of its representation: be it mythical, historical or biblical.
Starting from the second half of the eighteenth century a naked body began to be exhibited for what it is, until the scandal caused by the famous painting (today exposed at the Parisian Musée d´Orsay) with the title: l´origine du monde.
Today there is the opportunity to start with the centenary (1917) of the only personal exhibition by Modigliani when alive, dedicated to paintings that became (later) famous.