Category: Arts:Visual Arts

Tiffany Jenkins talks to key figures in the arts about the big ideas rocking the cultural world, charting the trends and dissecting the controversies.

April 9, 2019

Everything you didn’t know about the Renaissance Nude, with Jill Burke

Jill_at_RA_Nudes_Show.jpgTiffany Jenkins talks to Jill Burke, a prize-winning researcher in Italian Renaissance art history, senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and associate editor of Renaissance Studies, about the Renaissance Nude. 

They discuss the hidden influences and impact of the Renaissance nude upon the social and political reality of Italy – why did representations of the nude proliferate in this period? What kind of society produced them? What did they mean? What was the difference between the male and female nude – and who was doing the looking?


 ‘The Italian Renaissance Nude’, by Jill Burke, which, incredibly, is the first scholarly monograph to focus on the inception of the Italian Renaissance Nude is available from Yale University Press. 

Read more by Jill Burke on her blog. 

Find out more about the RA’s exhibition the Renaissance Nude.  



Signature tune: Nick Vander - Galaxy I - Black kopal - 20190123 1206

The rest: 

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The image used for the episode is Saint Sebastian by Agnolo Bronzino 1533 & is on loan to the RA from the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.  Bronzino.jpg

Further images discussed in this episode are available on Instagram: @BehindtheMuseum 

Twitter: @BehindtheMuseum


Behind the Scenes at the Museum is written and presented by Tiffany Jenkins and produced by Jac Phillimore. 

March 22, 2019

The Maqdala Treasures and the Sarr-Savoy Report on Repatriation

 Crown_probably_made_in_Gondar_Ethiopia_around_1740_Victoria_and_Albert_Museum_London.jpgTiffany Jenkins talks to the director of the V&A in London, Tristram Hunt, about who owns culture, and what to do with looted objects. They take a close look at a stunning gold crown, seized by the British Army during the 1868 Abyssinian Expedition (modern day Ethiopia), and discuss President Macron’s commissioned Sarr-Savoy report on returning African artefacts acquired in the colonial era.  

► LINKS:  

Find out more about the Maqdala treasures, on the V&A blog: 

Find out about AFROMET - The Association for the Return of The Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures. 

Read the Sarr-Savoy Report ‘The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage, Toward a New Relational Ethics’: 


Signature tune:  Nick Vander Black Kopal - Galaxy I

The rest: Lobo Loco -

Just a Moment (ID 944), Psychedelic Blues 1 (ID 997), Sleeping Dragons 

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Track 25 - The Eleventh Sun

Track 91 - Walking with the Night

Track 81 - The Bridge


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Behind the Scenes at the Museum is presented by Tiffany Jenkins and produced by Jac Phillimore.


March 16, 2019

Introducing…Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Introducing 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum'. A new podcast in which the writer, Tiffany Jenkins, talks to key figures about the big ideas rocking the cultural world, charting the trends and dissecting the controversies. 

Hosted by Tiffany Jenkins.

Produced by Jac Phillimore.

Twitter: @behindthemuseum 

Instagram: @behindthemuseum


Signature tune: 

Nick Vander
Black Kopal - Galaxy I
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