F ull of surprises, and a few shocks, sexy, sacred and profane, The Renaissance Nude is almost as salacious as it is scholarly. It is a riot of bodies in these low-lit, sober grey rooms. Christian martyrs are impaled on trees. Several Saint Sebastians stand about, pin-up boys oblivious to the arrows that pierce them. A procession of flagellants in a Netherlandish Book of Hours prepare themselves for their hooded tormentors in a scene as erotic as it is devotional.
Deconstructing Myths about the Nude in Renaissance Art
The Renaissance Nude - Fine Art Connoisseur
Drawing inspiration from classical sculpture and the study of the live model, Renaissance artists made the nude central to their art, creating lifelike, vibrant, and varied representations of the human body. This transformative moment is one that would shape the course of European art history and resonate through the present day. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Featuring more than works in a variety of media, the exhibition casts its net widely. Painting and sculpture feature prominently, but so do drawings, illuminated manuscripts, and prints.
The Renaissance Nude
Thomas Kren October 9, 8 min read. Images of the naked human body provoke conflicting feelings: shame, admiration, curiosity, desire, disgust, anger. This is especially true when these images appear in public spaces, whether physical or virtual. Nudity on European beaches, for example, is falling in popularity because of shame linked to social media.
A new exhibition and book explore the complexity of the nude in Renaissance art and the controversies it provoked, revealing parallels to today. By Dr. Paul Getty Museum. None of these conflicted responses to the human body, however, is especially new.