Josephine Johnson ’13 on Two Female Nudes

This podcast is part of Watson Conversations, a growing collection of podcasts produced by Wheaton students as part of Art History 298: Photography as Knowledge.

Anonymous French Photographer
Female Nude (Front View) c. 1870
Female Nude (Back View) c. 1870
Albumen Prints
Both works purchased with the Kenneth C. and Louise McKeon Deemer ’33 Fund

The anonymous photographer who created these two nudes made every effort to ensure his images would be seen as having both artistic merit and function.

Josephine Johnson ’13 examines the unstable boundaries separating idealized nudity from pornography in the 19th century.

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