A Brief Overview of the History of Nudes

Recently, there has been a flurry of television series portraying nude individuals courting and surviving in the wilderness, highlighting society’s infatuation with the undressed body. However, the desire to examine the human form in more detail is not new. Take a stroll through any art gallery, and you’ll discover room after room of painted and […]

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What is the best way to tell whether a painting is a Female Nude?

Thank you for your inquiry, fictional viewer! How do you know if a painting is a Female Nude – that is, “Fine Art” – as opposed to anything “naked,” “inappropriate,” or “pornographic”? Here are a few questions you might ask yourself to assist you in determining the answer to your problem. The theme is in […]

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Representation of Women in 16th Century Italian Art

Mythology was often used as subject matter during the early Renaissance and Mannerist periods because of the ongoing reverence of the Romans and Greeks, and also as a way of escaping the relatively limiting ‘devozione’ (religious matters). As the Roman goddess of love and beauty, the Greek equivalent of Aphrodite, the figure of Venus is […]

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