Nude Art: The Power of Nudity in The Arts and Artistic Nudes

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nudity and Art – what’s the big deal?

Nudity And Art – In the modern world, nudity is one of the few things left with real power. This is not some new, modern idea spread by art schools, but one that has been used for centuries by the great masters to shock and awe those that beheld the beauty of the naked human form.

By far the best-known piece of nude artwork in the world is David by Renaissance master Michelangelo. Weighing 6 tons and cut from a single piece of marble, it depicts the biblical David as he prepares to fight Goliath.

Michelangelo's Nude Sculpture Of David

Michelangelo’s Nude Sculpture Of David

The sculpture lived in the city of Florence for hundreds of years, symbolizing the freedom of the Florentine city-state and defiance of Rome. Today it lives in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Like many works of the Renaissance masters, David was censored for some time by reactionaries in the Catholic Church, with strategically-placed plaster or plants covering up David’s genitals.

The Venus de Milo, crafted by Alexandros of Antioch, is a piece of Greek artwork depicting a woman who is nude from the waist-up. While she originally had arms, they were broken off at some point and lost to the sands of time. While definitely a well-crafted piece of art, its fame comes partly from an active propaganda campaign by the French government exalting what an important and amazing piece of art it was.

Nude Art Sculpture of Venus de Milo

Nude Art Sculpture of Venus de Milo

Among artists best known for their nude artworks, the clear winner is Peter Paul Rubens. A Baroque-era painter from the Netherlands, he was incredibly prolific and created many gorgeous, mythology-influenced paintings, but is today mostly remembered for his nude art of full-figured women. He was immortalized in the word ‘Rubenesque’ as a complimentary term for a plus-size naked woman.

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Nude Art by Peter Paul Rubens of Nude Venus Cupid Bacchus and Ceres

It’s rare for any piece of art to attract attention in the modern world. What little money and energy is spent on art is regarded in some segments of society as being, by definition, waste. Art that does attract attention from the world has an extremely strong tendency to be associated with nudity.

Examples of such art are the naked photography of celebrities, the sculpture of Britney Spears naked and posed on a bearskin rug, or PETA’s ads and temporary outdoor art installations with naked or painted models.

Nude Art Life-size Sculpture of Celebrity Britney Spears - Naked on a Bearskin Rug YNA

Nude Art Life-size Sculpture of Celebrity Britney Spears – Naked on a Bearskin Rug

Whether it’s a good thing that people can still have their attention drawn and wallets opened from viewing a simple naked picture is something to think about.

Good nude art should be embraced and never be considered controvercial – Young Naturists America

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.