Coded Desire

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This output is one of the section introductions to the exhibition catalogue 'Queer British Art'. It deals with the nineteenth century contexts – in both popular and scholarly forms - for the appreciation of covertly ‘gay’ imagery among British male audiences. The chapter considers several contexts - the practices of artists, particularly those dealing with the male nude, and the new criticism of Classical and Renaissance art promoted by Walter Pater, among others. It looks at the reception of these works of art and criticism and the ways in which they are played out in more populist culture towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueer British Art 1861-1967
EditorsClare Barlow
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTate Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-84976-452-0, 1849764522
Publication statusPublished - 04 Apr 2017
EventQueer British Art 1861-1967 - Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 05 Apr 201701 Oct 2017


ExhibitionQueer British Art 1861-1967
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period05 Apr 201701 Oct 2017
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  • Gay, Queer, Victorian Art, Pater


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