Nude art is Weird and wonderful!
That is the way it is!!
I was wondering whether the words ‘nude’ and ‘naked’ convey the same meaning.
Nude vs Naked
Both mean having no clothes on.
But there is a difference in the situation.
‘Nude’ is a kind of pose to bring out the artistic expression in a tasteful way.
‘Naked’ is said to be embarrassed and vulnerable while trying to cover up the body with clothes.
I also understand that male nudity indicates the ‘power’ in the form of a muscular body, while female nudity indicates ‘Feminism’ and ‘delicate being’
How common are these nude statues?
Each period of history had distinct sculptural styles based on the accepted aspects of culture and tradition.
What people feel objectionable these days might have been a basic form of art in those days!
In the Western world, we come across many nude statues in many places.
Male nudes were popular in Greek Art.
In Asian countries, we do see naked statues of medieval times but are restricted to very few places of ancient temples and caves. (Carvings)
Why nudity, of all the things?
My feeling is people were mature in ancient times.
“When we respect the nude, we will no longer have any shame about it” Robert Henri
Men and women had equal status in society and women were never thought of as sex objects and one can easily make out that people, in general, are aware of the difference between adoring the human body and lust.
Artist of those days knew what they were doing
“He who does not master the nude cannot understand the principles of architecture” Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Sadly modern days nakedness is a different story and fast getting commercialized.
I am not sure about other countries, but in India, people, in general, are less comfortable when they come across such statues
Probably ‘culture & tradition of the modern era’ plays a significant role.
Why nude statues were common?
Hats off to ancient times, when men and women respected each other, were treated equally and their dressing styles were similar.
My guess is in the olden days topless body was common among both men and women which was never considered erotic, so most of the art depicted was in the form of topless body and never anybody said bad about this, after all, whatever ancient art we come across, it must be depicting the social norms prevailing in those days.
This ancient culture may also be linked to hot climates.
“Naked is a human commodity. Nudity is God’s art” David Allio
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