Creating nudes and sharing them seems to be part of human nature. A collection of poems, stories and memoir on the subject, it takes a long hard look at the contemporary — and seemingly timeless — habit of sharing images of the naked human form. The idea came to editor Julianne Ingles after a short story entitled Send Nudes was submitted for a previous anthology she was working on. In Bronzino's portrait of the admiral Andrea Doria, his subject chose to be depicted in the mostly-naked, muscular form of the sea god Neptune Credit: Alamy.
The naked truth
Sexuality in Art | Art History Teaching Resources
The topic of sexuality in art history can be approached in a variety of ways but perhaps the most valuable one in terms of a foundational topic for a survey art history lecture is the convention of female nudity in art. Tracing this convention through the history of art will enable you to cover issues of sexuality, gender, and power with your class. Additionally, you can spend time looking at the ways in which modern and contemporary artists have responded to the trope of female nudity in order to break with past conventions, and the ways in which feminist and queer artists and artists of color have developed new approaches to this tradition from a position of marginality. The first part of the lecture will review the tradition of female nude in western art history, and introduce concepts of objectification and the gaze.
Sexuality in Art
Leila Tjiang April 1, Women have always been artists, but often items such as quilts, generally considered to be a female art form, go unrecognized as fine art. In the past, women have been discouraged or banned from art schools, out of fear that sketching nude models was not a suitable activity for a woman. While there has been progress, we have yet to achieve gender equality in the arts. Here are several outstanding female artists, ranging from the lesser known to the more prominent, who have rejected societal standards and contributed to the art world in their own unique ways throughout history.
The nude—the unclothed or partially clothed human body—has been featured in European art for millennia. After , with the waning of the Middle Ages, artists depicted nudes as increasingly three-dimensional, vibrant, and lifelike— in short, more immediate and real. They employed diverse means: in Italy through a return to the models of ancient Greek and Roman art, and in northern Europe through refinements to the technique of painting in oils that enabled painters to capture textures—of flesh, of hair, of the sparkle in an eye—with unprecedented truth to nature.