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The Nude By Sir Kenneth Clark

The Nude

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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 human needs, he shows how these types of bodily expression were revived in 15th-century Italy.

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The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art by Sir Kenneth Clark

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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GOR001186068
The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art by Sir Kenneth Clark
Sir Kenneth Clark
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1985-04-25
432
0140075917
9780140075915
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