Nude Art: Birth Of Venus And David

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Brooke Ellis
Humanities 12 pm MWF
Writing assignment
The difference between male and female nude art: Birth of Venus & David
Paintings and sculptures with no clothes are strangely common in the art in the Western part of the world. Nude is may seem completely natural when one considers how common the state of being nude is in every human life, from the day you are born to the bath, and even to the bedroom. In art, however, nude figures obviously relate very little to these modest conditions and instead replicate a very complicated set of proper ethics, philosophical concerns, and cultural traditions. Throughout the idea of Western art, the nude body was a specific focus of artistic modernization in the Renaissance and
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“Michelangelo's sculpture of “David” was the first monumental male nude sculpted. Botticelli's painting “The Birth of Venus” was an early female nude of the Renaissance.” (Smith, 3rd para) In the painting of “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, a Greek-Roman goddess is coming out from the shore in a shell. According to the traditional reasoning, after Venus was born, she rode on a shell to the island of Cythera. This painting is based on Poliziano’s poem, “Giotra.” Venus represents the perfect Renaissance woman: thin, pale, and curvy. Botticelli over exaggerates the length of Venus’s neck and legs to bring the audience’s attention to her stunning features, which almost seem too flawless to exist. This painting of The Birth of Venus is known to have made women see more desirable causing an unrealistic representation of women who come in all shapes and …show more content…
Although canvas was starting to gain acceptance by many painters. It worked well in humid areas, such as Venice, because wood panels tended to warp in humid weather. Canvas also cost less than wood, but the canvas was considered less formal, which made it more suitable for paintings that would be shown in non-official settings. “David” is one of Michelangelo’s most famous work, and has become one of the most famous statues in the world of art. Standing thirteen feet and five inches tall, the statue David is portrayed patiently waiting for battle, prepared with a slingshot in one hand and a stone in the other. “Michelangelo carved the “David” right after he had already carved the “Pieta” in Rome in the late 1490s and then returned to Florence in 1501.” (Paolucci, para 3) Knowledgeable of his talent as a sculptor, Michelangelo’s career was quickening when he was commissioned to carve the scriptural David for the outside of the Florence Cathedral. “David” was planned to be placed in a high setting on the church, it had to be just large enough to be seen from below. It currently is not located outside the cathedral but inside the of the Accademia Museum in Florence. The marble chunk used by Michelangelo was initially dug up for a sculpture to be carved by another sculptor in 1464 the marble block was carved out but was never finished so was used for scrap. When Michelangelo received his commission in 1501,

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