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By medium: in the visual arts - in film - in photography

Instances: Venus, or the female nude

Related: clothing - erotica - eroticism - glamour photography - nudism - peep show - pin up - striptease - topless

As the sexual conservatives used to warn us, once you allow one nude, a second (usually of the other sex) will soon join it leading to inevitable trouble. -- Film As a Subversive Art (1974) - Amos Vogel

two 'hippies' kissing, photocredit unidentified

Naked as Nature Intended (1961) - George Harrison Marks

Three girls on a tour of the English countryside meet up with two young women who introduce them to the joys of life in a nudist camp.


Nudity is a common subject both in visual arts and popular culture. [Jan 2006]


Nudity is the state of wearing no clothing. It is sometimes used to refer to wearing significantly fewer clothes than expected by the conventions of a particular culture and situation, and in particular exposing the bare skin of intimate parts. The term topless is sometimes used to describe the lack of clothing covering the breasts. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude, Apr 2004

Nudity in art the visual arts

The nude has become an enduring genre of representational art, especially painting, sculpture, and photography. It depicts people without clothes on, usually with stylistic and staging conventions that distinguish the artistic elements (such as innocence, or similar theatrical/artistic elements) of being nude with the more provocative state of being naked. A nude figure is one, such as a goddess or a man in ancient Greece, for whom the lack of clothing is its usual condition, so that there is no sexual suggestiveness presumed. A naked figure is one, such as a contemporary prostitute or a businessman, who usually wears clothing, such that their lack of it in this scene implies sexual activity or suggestiveness. The latter were rare in European art from the Medieval period until the latter half of the 1800s; in the interim, a work featuring an unclothed woman would routinely identify her as "Venus" or another Greco-Roman goddess, to justify her nudity. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/nudity [Jan 2006]

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