enhancing their feelings of masc

ulinity, looking at naked guys can cau
perceived heterosexuality. The me
n that Eck interviewed didn’t
tend to compare their bodies to
the guys they were revealed. Rather, the guys eith
er rejected the pictures, or accentuated their
indifference (possibly to distance
themselves from homosexuality)
. Eck discovered that it was just
Considerably harder for both genders to talk about pictures of the male nude.
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It’s no wonder that the
Naked man is more obscure than the female nude
! We just don’t know what to make with
him. But nearly certainly our suffering with
the male bare, and the noticeable deficiency of well
Understood man nudes in post-Renaissa
nce Western artwork is intertwine
d, and likely even cyclical.
So, maybe we should investigate why man nude
The Decline of the Male Nude
The decrease in male nudes within the western
Artwork historical perspec
tive can be understood by
the boost in vision of the female nude
during the nineteenth
century Salons. In
Male
Problem: A Crisis in Representation,
Abigail Solomon-Godeau explains that the male nude came
to symbolize the outdate
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The arrival of modernism arguably happened
during little nudist pics , and given that
modernism represents the anti-Academy, it’s
understandable that artists started
to grow aweary of the Salon-friendly male nude story.
Solomon Godeau goes on to suggest that while
the male nudes shown at the Academy tended
to be part of stories, their nudity representati
ve of heroism and the perfect man, the female nude
became increasingly detached from story and developed into its own genre.
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For instance,
consider Ingres’ (1780-1867) paintings
Achilles Receiving the Ambassadors of Agamemnon
Grande Odalisque
(1814). In
Achilles
, the naked males are embedded in a story.
Although their nudity might appear unnecessary to our
of a story. In
Grande Odalisque
, the nude female occupies the vast
Most of the picture plane,
a
Story, Ingres paints her as
the
Story.
nude seems to have become so relevant that na
rrative is deemed unnecessary. While http://nudistsplace.com/nudist-photos/my-first-public-nude-expericence/
need a reason to be naked, nude women require no explanation. As the female nude gained
popularity as a topic, the male nude as part
of narrative art didn’t just vanish. What
happened to the naked guy in western art is wh
at Solomon-Godeau refers to as “male problem”
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To put it differently, images of
men, particularly male nudes,
underwent a change.
The Feminine Man
The interval where the female nude
steadily started to replace the male nude
was about the thirty-year period
July Monarchy. Solomon-Godeau asserts
that the revolution, and counter revolution
Changed sex ideologies. This “post-
Radical crisis in masculinity” is
represented in a multitude of pictures from
Well known artists of
nineteenth century.
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Before the female
nude apparently overpowered the man
nude as a genre in western artwork, a more
“feminine” male nude enjoyed a heyday. I
use the term feminine to describe the
of femininity, though
not the term feminine isn’t as relevant in
this era. The lack of a better
Replacement for the word “feminine” is
restrictive.
Let us return to Ingres’ painting,
Achilles
receiving the Ambassadors of Agamemnon
as an instance of nineteenth century
Vision that harkens back to the Greco-
Roman ideal of man. Actually, Solomon-
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres,
Ambassadors of Agamemnon,
1800
.
Oil on canvas, 113 x
146 cm, Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts.
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres,
1814.
Godeau refers to this type of interaction as
homosociality, which can be recognized from
homosexuality because the “connections between
Guys are doubly charged, both along the vertical
axis of hierarchy and the horiz
ontal one of peer connections.”
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So, the interactions between the men
in
Achilles
are differentiated by changed
distributions of electricity, a
nd also by a sense of man
community. The only woman in the painting is almost hidden in a dark room on the left, but
the feminine stances of the two nude guys on the le
Foot part of the painting, in addition to their glossy
white skin and flushed cheeks replace the need fo
r reclining girl. The muscular man to the far
right of
Achilles
Controls the other men both in physique an
d stature. Ingres re
veals an assortment of
masculine appeal, including the feminine mascul
ine, making the female obsolete in the
case of