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Everybody at least once in a life have seen a breathtaking nude artwork. A masterpiece sculpture of David by Michelangelo or world-known painting The Birth of Venus by Botticelli strongly impresses from the first glance. The idea of showing undressed people was popular centuries ago and it remains the same now.

Nude in the art – from Antiquity to modernity

Displaying naked men and women to show the beauty of human body people started in Antiquity. This was a period when human body was thought to be the peak of natural beauty.

Ancient Greece was the first country to glorify men body, and it was reflected not only in the art. Traditional athletic competitions had a goal to demonstrate how beautiful bodies can be. Making sculptures of naked women and men was dedicated to showing an absolute ideal of physical condition. Search of ideal in everything — politics, economics, philosophy etc. was a key idea of Greek culture in general.

In the Middle Ages strong influence of religious institutes didn't allow to paint naked people — the body was considered as something sinful which had to be hidden – but it was acceptable to depict Bible or mythology scenes. Thank to this we have Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Venus of Urbino by Titian, Adam and Eve by Albert Durer and other masterpieces of Middle Ages and Renaissance period.

Nude paintings help us to understand how different were the images of beauty and how much they have changed. For example, on The Three Graces by Rubens the painter have displayed three “plus size” women with cellulite, small breasts and bodies which modern society wouldn't call beautiful, but in the 17th century it was an ideal of women's body beauty.

In the 19th and 20th century the global changes in art also influenced at the ways human body appears on paints. For example, at one of the Abstract Impressionism founders Paul Cesanne's work Seven Bathers nude men are depicted as gentle silhouettes while Cubism adept Pablo Picasso paints his famous Young Ladies of Avignon in a traditional for this artistic style way when proportions and shapes are totally different to real.

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Abst. Expressionism  artwork Summer by Bondarenko Kirill
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Summer
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Owner kirill bondarenko
Contemporary  artwork Adams Rip by Abdulkerim Bozan
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Adams Rip
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Owner Abdulkerim Bozan
$3 000
Realism  artwork Hippopotamus by Polina Zinoveeva
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Hippopotamus
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Owner Polina Zinoveeva
$600
Expressionism  artwork Childhood by Ewa Okolowicz
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Childhood
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Owner Ewa Okolowicz
$150
Contemporary  artwork Self by oneself ordeal by Abdulkerim Bozan
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Expressionism  artwork Three girls in the woods by Alessandro Nesci
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Abst. Expressionism  artwork Nudity by Gigi Gerardo La Porta
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Nudity
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Owner Gerardo La porta
$1 500
Realism  artwork Renaissance Dream by Konstantin Kachev
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Renaissance Dream
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Owner Konstantin Kachev
$6 900
Figurative  artwork Gaia night by Renata Domagalska
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Gaia night
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Owner Renata Domagalska
$4 800
Pop Art  artwork Beach v by Karen Lynn
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Beach v
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Owner Karen Lynn
$2 300
Expressionism  artwork That woman in red dress by Gisela Gaffoglio
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That woman in red dress
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Owner Gisela Gaffoglio
$1 300
Pop Art  artwork Karen Lynn by Karen Lynn
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Karen Lynn
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Owner Karen Lynn
$1 800
Realism  artwork Waitting by Natali Van
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Waitting
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Owner Natali Van
$500 000