Renaissance artists transformed the course of Western art history by making the nude central to artistic practice. The revival of interest in classical antiquity and a new focus on the role of the image in Christian worship encouraged artists to draw from life, resulting in the development of newly vibrant representations of the human body. The ability to represent the naked body would become the standard for measuring artistic genius but its portrayal was not without controversy, particularly in religious art. Although many artists argued that athletic, finely proportioned bodies communicated virtue, others feared their potential to incite lust, often with good reason. More like this: - A Victorian painter of gender fluidity - How black women were whitewashed by art - Eight odd details hidden in masterpieces. The Renaissance Nude at the Royal Academy in London explores the development of the nude across Europe in its religious, classical and secular forms — revealing not only how it reached its dominant position, but also the often surprising attitudes to nudity and sexuality that existed at the time. Dosso Dossi, Allegory of Fortune, c. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
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By Olivia Fleming. With the goal of 'normalizing nudity,' a new photography project featuring naked Mormon women hopes to shed light on the religion's strict codes of modesty. With the aim of 'normalizing nudity,' a new photography project featuring naked Mormon women hopes to shed light on the religion's strict codes of modesty. Mrs Anderson, who hopes people will view the images 'with open minds and hearts,' says the idea of Mormon Women Bare began in after several news stories surrounding modesty in Mormon culture came to light. And one of the Church's magazines altered a Carl Bloch painting of angels by removing their wings and adding cap sleeves to their dresses. After hearing these stories and others, I became increasingly frustrated. Mrs Anderson, whose own husband is 'very supportive' of the project 'He is my biggest fan,' she admitted said she wanted tp answer some of her own burning questions though the project: 'Why has the modesty culture of the LDS church gotten so extreme in the past few years and what can we do about it?