Mankind has long been fascinated by the naked human body expressed as an art form. A refection of ourselves, and sometimes conveying social and political nuances, the nude has always been an essential component of art education. Though depicted as a form of weakness in early art — it was the Greeks who first portrayed the nude as heroic and expressing moral virtue through naked statues of their gods.
The nude figure is a tradition in Western artand has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek artand after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos.
The development and eventual dominance of Christianity in late antiquity profoundly changed the needs of patrons and the output of artists. Unlike paganism, Christianity required no images of naked divinities, and new attitudes cast doubt and opprobrium on nude athleticspublic bathing, and the very value of the human body. The early Christian emphasis on chastity and celibacy further discounted depictions of nakedness. In this climate, there was little motive to study the nude, and unclothed figures are thus rare in medieval art.
We are born naked, we are diluting ourselves between borrowed clothes to finish in a mournful ceremony. Man is the only animal that requires fur according to the canons of market policies. At every moment a new cloth.
National media reported on these initiatives, the audience came in large numbers, the press reported on their success, and it seemed like queer perspectives made a successful entrance into the Stockholm museum world. Gender studies scholar Vanja Hermele pointed out that through temporary exhibitions and collaborations with feminist and queer artists and curators, Swedish art institutions tend to see themselves as much more radical than they actually are. Subsequently, these issues were taken seriously by state institutions, and the National Exhibition Agency published two reports—one on museums and diversityone on museums and LGBTQ issues
Many different statues, paintings and drawings exhibit the human being in it's rawest form. Being naked or being nude. Nudity and nakedness may seem like the same thing, but they can have very different meanings and looks.
Male nudes are the norm in Greek arteven though historians have stated that ancient Greeks kept their clothes on for the most part. New research suggests that art might have been imitating life more closely than previously thought. Nudity was a costume used by artists to depict various roles of men, ranging from heroicism and status to defeat. Hurwit's newly published research shows that the Greeks did walk around in the buff in some situations.
The year-old MacConnell — boyish, equally fit — wore black jeans and a white T-shirt as he sketched on a letter-size sheet of paper with his blue ballpoint pen. The male nude is, of course, one of the oldest artistic fixations: The Riace bronzes, Greek sculptures cast around B. But while some old masters fetishized the male body in barely coded ways, the idea of an openly queer artist expressing his desires from a queer perspective was only born in the last century.
A new exhibition explores how the naked form revolutionised painting and sculpture. Cath Pound looks at shifting attitudes and what they reveal about society and sexuality. Renaissance artists transformed the course of Western art history by making the nude central to artistic practice. The revival of interest in classical antiquity and a new focus on the role of the image in Christian worship encouraged artists to draw from life, resulting in the development of newly vibrant representations of the human body.