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Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art

Mary Beard’s Forbidden Art

Professor Mary Beard explores a range of controversial works of art that tackle such unsettling subjects, that they’ve been fought over, removed from view or simply “forbidden”.

Mary Beard explores ways artists have shown “forbidden” aspects of the human body – including scenes of sex, violence, death and even defecation. She then interrogates how art and artists challenge viewers to confront ideas and opinions for various reasons we’d rather not face up to.



TX Date:

February 2022


Producer/s: Helena Hunt Series Director/ Producer/s: Deborah Lee Executive Producer/s: Richard Bradley, Denys Blakeway