We receive more than words. We receive bodies, and flesh, feelings and Art. Choosing Bernini’s “The Rape of Proserpina” as a Thought Cloud to stimulate discussion around the ethics of reception chooses an event where the horizons of art, literature, flesh, politics and religion meet. It seems a sculpture which re-opens those horizons to a point of immediacy where questions of ethics become as visible as the marble. Questions to do with political power and the creation of art, relationships between text/image/original/copy; very real questions around portrayals of flesh and the status of sexual violence, rape, torture… within pedagogic, academic, aesthetic receptions.


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