Posted on 15 May 2014
The display is one of the gallery's 'BP Spotlights', a series of regularly changing small exhibitions centred on specific themes or artists, or highlighting new research, which employ the skills of external specialists, as well as Tate curators.
Cora's exhibition explores the nymph in art in the late eighteenth to early nineteeth century, a time when people's moral expectations of painting were changing, and in the era of the publication of the translation of La Nymphomanie, ou Traité de la fureur utérine. Written by the French physician J.D.T. de Bienville on the subject of uncontrollable erotic desire in women, the book suggests that the source of this desire was the imagination and that vulnerable women were susceptible to external stimuli.
Read the review in The Independent.
Bodies of Nature runs from April 28th to October 19th. Read about the other BP Spotlights at Tate Britain.