S aint Sebastian — golden-haired, flawless — poses in nothing but a wisp of white loincloth. We look up at him, balletic feet in third position, arms casually folded behind his back to show off his perfect physique. There he stands in all his pale beauty, oblivious to the arrow that leaves not a drop of blood in his shapely thigh.
I neither agree nor disagree with that statement. I am just repeating what I heard. Anyway, unlike many human specimen, these four life-size bronze sculptures are perfectly proportioned.
Depictions of nudity include visual representations of nudity through the history, in all the disciplines, including the arts and sciences. Nudity is restricted in most societies, but some depiction of nudity may serve a recognized social function. Clothing also serves as a significant part of interpersonal communication, and the lack of clothing needs to have a social context.
The women plastered around today's billboards and magazine ads adhere to a very particular standard of beauty, one that, in real life, is nearly impossible to achieve. From size 0 waists to flawless complexion, contemporary "ideal" women resemble plastic mannequins more than the ladies you'd encounter, you know, in real life. Here to drive the point home is Lauren Wadewith the help of some of art history's most beloved nudes.
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The pop star and actress surprised fans on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon August 28 when she uploaded a series of three nude and semi-nude photos. The grainy images, taken by photographer and cinematographer Eli Russell Linnetz, who directed Kanye West 's infamous "Famous" music video, feature Gaga pulling up pantyhose over her legs, as well as posing seemingly topless against a wall. She's actually wearing a nude stick-on strapless bra in the photo.
The history of nude photography practically started with the invention of the genre itself. The artists used the camera to capture their fantasies, desires, and projections aside from the cannons of morality. Naturally, as the time changed, the nude photography gained its relevance and stopped being a manifestation of a forbidden act with shady protagonists.
Not all sex on Game of Thrones is created equal. Sure, the HBO fantasy drama has not unfairly developed a reputation for gratuitous violence and sexual relations of all configurations—man on woman, man on man, sorceress on man, brother on sister—but some of that stuff matters. Sex is wielded in Westeros, like everything else, as a form of power.
As soon as I saw this collection being teased on Instagram I was super intrigued — after all, Kim Kardashian is basically the queen of all things nude. I loved the whole idea of a nude shade for every skin tone — I think we all know the struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect shade. So, I was psyched to try this when the collection hit my desk.