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Appreciating Nude Art

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Arts and Culture
The subject of nude art has long been in most societies.  Nude art is still, however, considered as taboo or a controversial topic despite its artistic value.  Though most cultures are generally becoming adaptable and appreciative of this particular form of art, one can say that the holistic acceptance of nude art in most societies has yet to be established.  The key to this acceptance is by making people understand what nude art really is all about.

Nude Arts History

Nude art has been around for so long a time, as long as the early civilizations of Greek and Egypt.  Nude art back then was established as a form of appreciation of the human body.  Although the same definition can be said nowadays with regard to nude art, the art has been so well extended that it not only includes the study of the human body in general but also its specific body parts.  The study of nude art was all the more furthered, thanks to the Renaissance and Baroque periods both periods in time that dealt with the discovery of human nature.  With this discovery came about the high importance accorded to nude art.  Until now, nude art is widely practiced, especially in generally liberal countries such as American and European nations.  In some countries, nude art is not as accepted but is on its way to being popularly established.

Real Nude Art

However, nude art has been debated upon by many people because of its controversial nature.  After all, nudity is commonly associated with pornography.  Real nude art, however, is anything but pornography.  In fact, most nude art scholars and critics generally define nude art as a piece of art that provokes emotional sensuality not erotic sensuality.  Furthermore, nude art refers to the study of the human body and its specific parts not of the nude person portrayed in the art.  The nude person is merely a representation on behalf of humanity in general.

Also, real nude art prefers human in its most raw form.  As much as possible, a nude artist would do away with embellishments which are deemed as mere accessories to the beauty of the human body.  These accessories do not really beautify the human body in the process of depicting art.  Rather, it sullies the beauty of the human nature.  For some nude artists, however, this is perfectly acceptable.  Tattoos are also accepted in special cases, depending on the nude artists vision of nude art.