This is a great post, thank you very much. A few small points. On Rembrandt's Bethesba, you probably know about Berys Gaut's discussion of it near the start of his 'Art, Emotion and Ethics'but if you don't, it's an excellent discussion that's very responsive to feminist concerns.
Throughout the history of visual art, representations of women have been skewed for the viewing pleasure of men. Nowadays, however, women are not only image-objects, but prolific image-makers, too. We need all voices together, although we are limited by the geography of the gallery space.
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.
By Claire Cohen. Aleah Chapin has seen a lot of naked women. It depicted a woman in her sixties, smiling with her fulsome breasts resting on her stomach. Meet the actress putting her own naked photos online.
No one has ever painted naked women as gorgeously as Titian did. His ravishing Venus is a lover laying her beauty bare, and the recipient of her optical largesse is anyone who happens to stand in front of this painting in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. Titian creates with mind-boggling skill the lavish presence of this nude: the rapture of her carnal glory.
The main aim of fine art nude photography is to capture the natural beauty of the human body. You can take impressive pictures if you skillfully play with shadows and lights. Add some posing and creative expression and the success is guaranteed.
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.
She says: "To my great surprise, the pictures has offended many. Nudity provokes and offends and many do not like it. It shows me that something is totally wrong in Denmark! If we do not love our own bodies and do not dare to share our beauty with others, where are we then?
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Nude Photography can be quite a divisive subject to discuss in the photography world. There are many that see it as a perfectly legitimate art form that can empower people and question perceptions of beauty. At the same time, there is another argument that it is exploitative, degrading and impossible to look at any differently than pornography. Truth be told, we can see both sides of the argument.