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Why could this unexpected imposition of nudity—nudity wonderfully portrayed in a renowned masterwork, no less—have such a stunning effect on its viewers, I wondered? Was it because they were stiff-upper-lip Americans rather than sassy French? Was it due to the...
The word nude is derived from the Latin nudus, which means "naked" or "bare," as in a state of undress or primaeval nakedness. However, in the West, the phrase in the nude or the nude has come to mean works of art, cultural traditions, and socioreligious views. As a...
Introduction The status of female nudity in Renaissance art poses an incredible array of ethical difficulties for contemporary feminists. While aesthetically pleasing, such nudity can be regarded as reducing women to their sexuality and perpetuating sexist beliefs....