How should we look at Victorian nudes? John Collier's Godiva (1898)

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Victorian nudes have been in the headlines in 2018: how should we exhibit, study and look at works depicting young women and even girls in sexualised poses? This article examines Coventry's famous painting Godiva by John Collier. It sets out new information about the model for the painting and contextualises the image in Victorian debates over nudity in art.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalMidlands Art Papers
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2018


  • John Collier, Godiva, Victorian nude, morality, representation