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Painting the Nude: The Theology of the Body and Representation of Man in Christian Art

What does the modern Christian artist need to know about painting the nude?
In his writing on the human person and art, John Paul II created a renewed interest in the nude in art in general, and in sacred art in particular.

His call for artists to represent the human form ‘naked without shame’ has given many artists the inspiration to paint nude figures in service of the Church. 

Featuring a foreword by Christopher Blum, this short volume compares the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II on this matter with the traditions of the Church to try to assess how artists ought to respond. I conclude that far from representing a new Catholic permissiveness (as some have interpreted), John Paul II is reaffirming a very traditional line. 

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