If we're pointing out the most pervasive tropes in art history, it's difficult to get past the female nude. From Rokeby VenusVelazquez's sensual tribute to the Roman goddess of love, to OlympiaManet's rendition of a lounging courtesan, these naked women have long anointed as geniuses the Great Male Artists who conceived them. And these geniuses weren't just dab hands with oil paint!
Leah Schrager. An upcoming show at Untitled Space challenges that unfair truth by presenting the work of 20 female artists depicting the female nude in an empowered, autonomous, and non-sexualized way. Cesarine, founder of Untitled Space and editor-in-chief of Untitled Magazineuses her curatorial position to give platforms to female artists and feminist art.
We're here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: It's dirtier than you remember. Visions of Venus and sensual octopuses are probably filling your memory now -- yes, your art history classes were more exciting than you first thought. In celebration of the wildly erotic tendencies of artists over the centuries, we've put together a list of the most jaw-dropping-ly sensual artworks you might have forgotten about since your sophomore year stint in a Renaissance art survey course. Behold, 15 classic works that are way naughtier than you remember.
Western art has always been inherently and inevitably phallocentric, as inscribed within a social, political and linguistic structure that favours the male as subject, and relegates the female to object. Until the 19th century, men —in various forms of art, but especially in painting— depicted women in idealised forms, rendering their beauty as an object of the excited male gaze. Within this context, paintings of naked women were accepted as far as the female subjects on the canvas were either represented with a godlike appearance or located within a mythological framework, since explicit eroticism was culturally censored.
Nude artwork represents the painter's emotions in relation to their models and the world they live in or imagine. Therefore, buying nude artwork is like owning a little bit of the artist's soul and imagination. Here at our online art gallery, you may discover a large variety of original nude paintings.
Untitled Bronze 1 Chazen Museum of Art. By John De Andrea. Female Nudes in the Art of Classical Antiquity.
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By Radhika Sanghani. It was present in the ancient world, was a crucial part of religious depictions, and inseems to be valued just as highly as ever. Indeed, the ratio seems to be so unbalanced that one group of women has set up an organisation Guerilla Girls to expose sexism in the art world. Their goal is to stop objectification and divert the male gaze.