Kenneth Clark  

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"There remains the extraordinary example of Rembrandt's etching of a couple on a bed, where I do not find the subject at all disturbing because it is seen entirely in human terms and is not intended to promote action. But it is, I believe, unique, and only Rembrandt could have done it." --Kenneth Clark in The Longford Report (1972)

"The English language, with its elaborate generosity, distinguishes between the naked and the nude. To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word "nude," on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous, and confident body: the body re-formed. In fact, the word was forced into our vocabulary by critics of the early eighteenth century to persuade the artless islanders [of the UK] that, in countries where painting and sculpture were practiced and valued as they should be, the naked human body was the central subject of art." --The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form (1956)

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Kenneth McKenzie Clark, Baron Clark (13 July 1903 – 21 May 1983) was an English author, museum director, broadcaster, and one of the most famous art historians of his generation. In 1969, he was catapulted to international fame as the writer, producer and presenter of the BBC Television series, Civilisation: A Personal View. He wrote The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form (1956).


  • The Gothic Revival (1928)
  • Catalogue of the Windsor Leonardo Drawings (1935)
  • Leonardo da Vinci (1939)
  • Piero della Francesca (1951)
  • Landscape into Art (1949)
  • Moments of Vision (1954), the Romanes Lecture for 1954. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form (1956)
  • Looking at Pictures (1960)
  • Ruskin Today (1964) (edited and annotated by)
  • Rembrandt and the Italian Renaissance (1966)
  • Civilisation: A Personal View (1969)
  • Blake and Visionary Art (1973)
  • The Romantic Rebellion (1973)
  • Another Part of the Wood (1974) (autobiography)
  • Animals and Men (1977)
  • The Other Half (1977) (autobiography)
  • What is a Masterpiece? (1979)
  • Feminine Beauty (1980)

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