We are pleased to offer Phaidon‘s (2015) beautiful edited collection entitled ‘Body of ArtExpressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities.

9780714869667-2‘Body of Art’ is the first book to focus exclusively on the body in art, providing not only a complete history of how the human form has been represented in visual culture over time, but also how it has become – literally and metaphorically – the canvas on and through which we talk about human experience. 

Unprecedented in scope and intellectual rigour, ‘Body of Art’ spans Western and non-Western art, ancient to contemporary, figurative, abstract and conceptual. Works are curated by theme into ten chapters: Beauty, Identity, Power, Religion & Belief, Sex & Gender, Emotion Embodied, The Body’s Limits, Bodies & Space, The Abject Body, The Absent Body. An illustrated timeline provides broader historical and social contexts. 

Featuring c.450 colour images, each accompanied by a concise and informative essay, ‘Body of Art’ brings to life the diversity of human cultures through the prism of the human body. 

If you would like to review ‘Body of Art‘ (no more than 1,000 words in length), then please consult our reviewer’s guidelines and email our reviews editor with a short explanation of why you are well placed to review the book.


Sikhumbuzo Mngadi · December 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I’d like to review Body of Art. I’m interested in issues to do with the body, a theme that was central to my doctoral thesis and my research on the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe.

Nina Kramer · June 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Do you still need reviewers for this book. I am to give a lecture on art and body in september and this book could be inspiring

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