Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. You know when it's completely OK to look at photos of naked men on the internet?
Yet wanting to look closely at the human form is nothing new. Nude figures, as old as art itself, appear in the art of most cultures, but are particularly present in the history of Western art. The nude first became a significant feature in Western Art with the Greeks, whose interest in the naked male form was an extension of daily life.
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. Our first stop on this quick tour is Ancient Greece.
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. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history paintingincluding allegorical and religious artportraitureor the decorative arts.
By Michelangelo. The first major culture to celebrate the importance of the male nude statue was that of ancient Greece, whose religious festivals frequently included athletic competitions in which young nude males demonstrated their physical prowess and competed for significant honours. Greek art mirrored Greek life, and thus from the early Archaic Age BCE the standing nude youth kouros became a regular image in the sculptural iconography of Classical Antiquity.
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. See also category: Paintings of nude females. See also category: Nude men in art.
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 centuryafter 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.
On this most glorious of seasons, one museum is going where not so many have gone before, exploring artistic depictions of the nude throughout time. The male nude, that is. A visitor looks at the painting "La douche.
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 Greecewhere male sexual relationships were common practice. From 7th-century BC kouroi to 5th-century contrappostothe 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 ageswith depictions becoming slight and slender.