The Dark Ages fade, and artistic experimentation blossoms “We first have to draw the naked body beneath, then cover it with clothes.” -Michelangelo Michelangelo’s Cascina Cartoon
Michelangelo stopped short before the end of design, leaving the process of design visible The body is the manifestation of the soul or state of mind and character. The Last Judgement Michelangelo
Greeks studied the male figure as a means of measuring beauty Figure was portrayed with “correctitude” Greek statue of Kouros
Real VS Natural Antonio del Pollaiuolo- first artistic anatomist Dissects cadavers Battle of the Nudes
First ideal form was the masculine male form (the modern day “strongman”) Eugen Sandow Michelangelo was a big “strongman” user The Creation of Adam
Second ideal form was the feminine male (modern day “rockstar” man) David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust Androgynous, youthful, pretty Adam Albrecht Durer
The Ressurection of the Flesh Signorelli
Art suggesting homosexuality was illegal at this time Homosexual rebellions arose Donatello creates the first life-size David since the ancient Romans
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi prefers, “Il Sodoma”, The Sodomite His work depicted martyred saints because of illustrated sensuality and physical suffering of the male figure
Bathhouse Albrecht Durer
Michelangelo confesses, in a series of letters, his homosexual desires Suggests his love through drawings of and for Tommaso Cavalieri
Gender roles became apparent not only in society, but in art Male’s represented strength and power Women were portrayed as objects rather than subjects Michelangelo’s David VS Titian’s Venus of Urbino
Male child nudity was acceptable Ancient sculptures (Eros) had influence over nudity in art Male nudity posed as an aspiration for men, but served for women as a constant reminder of where they “belonged” in society
Since the 17th Century, societies ideals and limits have changed quite a bit. How do you think the image of how the male nude is seen today has changed compared to during the Renaissance? Is it accepted more or less? What about attitudes towards homosexual themes and undertones? And gender roles? How have all these things changed since the 17th century?
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