The male nude occupies a dominant place in art from Ancient Greece to the present day. This study examines the male nude's complex social, political and sexual contexts, as well as its formal value, in every medium, including painting, photography and sculpture.
A fascinating study of the male nude in art : the image which provokes the most powerful of taboos but which has dominated the history of art for centuries. The myth of Adam, the 1st man, is about passing from the unclothed state of innocence to the clothed state of experience. Adam celebrates the male nude in every medium from the idealized beauty of ancient Greek and Roman statues to the perceptions of the male nude in every medium from the idealized beauty of ancient Greek and Roman statues to the perceptions of the male in Western society today. From the upsurge of interest during the time of the renaissance and artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo to the photography of Robert Maplethorpe and Bruce Weber, the history of the male nude is traced impeccably throughout the ages. In this incisive and witty text Edward Lucie Smith provides a valuable insight into the co mplex social, political and sexual contexts of the male nude.
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The ideal beauty - the Greeks; the heroic nude - the Romans; fear and loathing - Christianity and sexual shame; the revival of paganism - the rediscovery of the male nude in Renaissance Italy; surpassing antiquity - Michaelangelo and his influence; taming the male - Boucher and the French Rococo; the re-emergence of the heroic - French neo-Classicism; the male in decline - the 19th and early 20th centuries; emblems of eroticism - male nudity and the rise of modernism; the noble savage - representations of the male in tribal art; furthering the frontiers - the male in 20th-century photography.
Adam by Edward Lucie-Smith
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