If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you. In addition, we work with the owner of the image to clear permission. If you wish to reproduce this image, please inform us so we can clear permission for you. The male nude in art is not as often talked about as its female counterpart. However, apart from being easy on the eye, the male body in art is full of history and has undergone a host of fascinating transformations over the past years. Dagli Orti. Athlete, Roman copy after an original by Polykleitos fl. Our first stop on this quick tour is Ancient Greece. Spanning several centuries, the art of the Ancient Greeks is hard to summarise, but it certainly shows an increasing tendency towards lifelikeness.
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Early History of the Male Nude
The full-frontal menace of Caravaggio's boldest painting creates one of art's most unsettling encounters. Cupid is a real youth, modelled, it was said in the 17th century , after his own boyfriend "that lay with him". He poses as the god of love, wearing fake wings, grinning insouciantly at the embarrassed onlooker as the painting's severe light leads all eyes to his nudity. Is this what it felt like to be a cardinal eyeing up the trade in baroque Rome? Caravaggio's anarchistic tribute to the destructive power of desire — the stuff of civilisation lies defeated at Cupid's feet — is eternally worrying.
Their different approaches towards the male figure influenced their renderings, ranging from representations of strength, power and virility to those of beauty, vulnerability and sexual intrigue. The first major culture to celebrate the naked male body was that of ancient Greece , where male sexual relationships were common practice. From 7th-century BC kouroi to 5th-century contrapposto , the male nude revered a physical form, symbolizing virility, strength and power. From proud depictions which characterized the Antiquity, the male nude became awkward in the culture of the middle ages , with depictions becoming slight and slender. The nudity itself was associated with Original Sin and questions of im morality, turning into something to be embarrassed about. The realistic bodily structure continued to be valued all through the 18th century.
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. See also category: Paintings of nude females. See also category: Nude men in art. Subcategories This category has the following 33 subcategories, out of 33 total.