Only Michelangelo had the power and courage to put a nude statue of Christ in a church at the heart of Rome. Muscles start to bulge and torsos and limbs are twisted in impossible positions. Visual artists provide the illustrated history of civilization. But see also camera artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and others. Their " academic art " placed great emphasis on drawing from the nude, and thus kept alive the figurative tradition of Michelangelo and others.
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The top 10 male nudes in art
Androgynous and overtly teasing, it makes you self-conscious to look too long at this magnetic work in the Bargello Museum, in Florence. Thus the Greek male nude was created to appeal to the mind rather than the senses. That is why the Riace nudes, recovered from the sea off southern Italy in the s, are so important. The 19th-century provided one final opportunity for the classical tradition of the male nude. The muscled marble flesh of his all too human son of god flashes with life and pathos.