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Exposed: The Naked Portrait

Past display archive
9 January - 11 September 2016

Room 16


Linford Christie
by Alistair Morrison
February 1996
NPG x77035

The naked human figure has been a preoccupation of art from prehistory to the present day. This cross-period display of unclothed portraits from the Collection raises questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits ranging from the flirtatious royal mistress Nell Gwyn to the interrogation of nudity by contemporary artists.


See also
Nudes and naked figures in the Collection

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