The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art

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Penguin Books, Limited, 1993 - 407 pages
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The author traces the history of the depiction of the human body from the earliest civilized times to the present day. Starting with the Greeks who used the nude to express certain fundamental human needs, such as the need for harmony and order (Apollo), and the need to sublimate desire (Venus), he shows how these types of bodily expression were revived in 15th-century Italy and given new urgency by Michelangelo, whose genius almost exhausted the possibilities of the male nude. The female body, however, through Titian, Rubens, Ingres and Renoir has continued to be a source of pictorial inspiration, and the author examines the uneasy relationship with the nude of such moderns as Matisse and Picasso.

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Review: The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form

User Review  - Ralph Britton - Goodreads

Very much out of fashion but I still enjoyed this a lot. I found the chapters on the most recent art the least convincing, but his insights into Greek and Roman sculpture fascinating. I had not read it for thirty years but it certainly stood the test of time. Read full review

Review: The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form

User Review  - Ralph Britton - Goodreads

Very much out of fashion but I still enjoyed this a lot. I found the chapters on the most recent art the least convincing, but his insights into Greek and Roman sculpture fascinating. I had not read it for thirty years but it certainly stood the test of time. Read full review

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