Nude Art Research Paper

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Manisha Deuri Bharali
Professor: Swetha Antony English
13 April 2015

Female nude art in European Renaissance
There are many definitions for art; it has evolved from the pre historic time till our present timeline. Art is something which has no definite form, colour or structure. Art can be any kind depending on the artist creativity. Art as we can see are of many different forms it can be an oil painting on canvas, or a simple sketch, or may be a Biblical art, or art can be a of w perfect mathematical ratios presenting perfect body structures and many more. As Susan Rubin Suleiman says in his book, The Female body in Western Culture: ‘In the visual arts- from the prehistoric Venus of Willendorf to the countless representation of nymph,
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Naked and nude !!!
We tend to hear these two words “naked and nude” interchangeably very frequently. So does the word depict the same meaning or are the words different in meaning? There is a huge differentiation made by different critics based on it. Technically speaking according to me it’s a simple thing which means that the human body is without clothes and covering as simple as that. But if we take it from an artist point of view a naked body is unprotected, uncomfortable, helpless, that person is vulnerable which I denote is unwilling nakedness.
Similarly nude means undressed by her own willingness. Nude is educated art. Supporting my statement I would like add up here the views of two famous critic’s Sir Kenneth Clarks and John Berger.
Kenneth Clarks reference to his book The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art which consists of six chapters, in his first chapter “The Naked and the Nude” Further in which he distinguished between representations of particular body (the naked) and art that represent an ideal body (the nude).
Clark says, “to be ‘naked’ is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word ‘nude,’ on the
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A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be a nude. John Berger puts a Marxist spin on Clark’s formulation by reversing the value of the terms naked and nude. Clark valued the nude over the naked whereas Berger favoured nakedness to be ‘without disguise’, above nudity- a ‘form of dress’ that objectifies ‘women’ according to male-dominated, capitalist ‘ways of seeing’ (Berger

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