6 Nude paintings that changed the course of art history

From Picasso and Manet to Botticelli and Modigliani, the theme of nakedness is always in demand among artists. It was considered a tradition, rebellion, or simply courage, depending on the interpretation of different masters. Some of the most famous of such works we recall in this material.

The customer of the painting, which currently hangs in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, was the Duke of Urbino, Guidobaldo II della Rovere. Inspired by “Sleeping Venus” by Giorgione, Titian painted Nudes in the Palazzo. In the center of the composition the artist has placed a naked woman reclining in the luxurious interiors of the Palace.

Also stored in the Uffizi gallery in Florence this iconic painting by Botticelli, depicting the arrival of Venus on the island of Cyprus, has become one of the most famous in the history of art painting from the Nude figure. Depicts the goddess of love and beauty, born from sea spray and blown by the winds of Zephyr. On the Bank welcomes one of the Op.

“Bather of Valpincon”, which is included in the permanent collection of the Louvre, was created in Rome, where Ingres was a resident of the French Academy. This is a beautifully harmonious and chaste Nudes, painted from the back, was a tremendous success. The artist so loved his work that a few years later included it in his iconic painting “the Turkish bath”, which also hangs in the Louvre.

Masterpiece of Edouard Manet “Olympia”, stored in the Paris Museum d’orsay, had caused a scandal at its first exhibition in 1865. Although the sources of inspiration of painting was such classic works as “Venus of Urbino”, “the naked maja” by Goya or “the Great odalisque” by Ingres, Manet’s image was seen as a provocation. The woman in the foreground, reclining in a sensual pose and staring at the audience, was perceived as an elite prostitute.

Demonstrirovalsya body, asymmetric faces inspired by African masks – composition of Les demoiselles d’avignon, which destroys the usual academic principles, became one of the first successful steps of Picasso in cubism. The painting has a great subject: prostitutes, most likely sick in the brothel. It is intentionally scandalous work of art exhibited at the new York MOMA.

Woman lying naked on red sheet, looking directly at the viewer. Her body is shown very close up with the tips of her limbs outside of the composition, lies in the center of the picture in a lewd position, which soon causes the desire, and not offend. In 2015 a Chinese businessman Liu Ican acquired the painting at Christie’s New York for more than $ 170 million, which made the work of Modigliani, one of the most expensive ever sold.

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