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Thomas Kren October 9, 8 min read. Images of the naked human body provoke conflicting feelings: shame, admiration, curiosity, desire, disgust, anger. This is especially true when these images appear in public spaces, whether physical or virtual.
For Titian mythological paintings became important as a set of commissions from powerful and influential patrons. Titian began painting Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto as a pair inspurred on by royal patronage the artist produced these masterpieces over a three-year period. A hunter Actaeon is separated from his stag hunting friends and stumbles on Diana the goddess of the hunt.
Williamstown — The great American painter Willem de Kooning claimed that oil paint was invented specifically so that artists could paint the human body better. At the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown this summer, you will see a remarkable demonstration of what he was getting at. Their empire included not only present-day Spain, but what we now call Holland and Belgium, a good part of Italy, stretches of North Africa and, of course, burgeoning territories in what they thought of as the New World.
Depictions of nudity include visual representations of nudity through the history, in all the disciplines, including the arts and sciences. Nudity is restricted in most societies, but some depiction of nudity may serve a recognized social function. Clothing also serves as a significant part of interpersonal communication, and the lack of clothing needs to have a social context.
The tale recounts the unfortunate fate of a young hunter named Actaeonwho was a grandson of Cadmusand his encounter with chaste Artemisknown to the Romans as Dianagoddess of the hunt. The latter is nude and enjoying a bath in a spring with help from her escort of nymphs when the mortal man unwittingly stumbles upon the scene. The nymphs scream in surprise and attempt to cover Diana, who, in a fit of embarrassed fury, splashes water upon Actaeon.
Gods, Goddesses and Mythology in art. ARH Project. The Birth of Venus is probably Botticelli's most famous painting. Venus rises from the sea, looking like a classical statue and floating on a seashell, in what is surely one of the most recognizable images in art history.
Exclusively at the Clark June 11 — October 10, The exhibition, co-organized by the Clark and the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, consists of twenty-eight Old Master paintings of the nude, twenty-four of which have never traveled to the United States. The exhibition examines the collecting of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings of the nude at the Spanish court, explores the histories of these works and their display in the Spanish Royal Collections, and reconsiders the significant role of the nude in European art.