From the ideal beauty of mythological gods and goddesses to the realism of The Bathers by Courbet, since the Renaissance, the nude has symbolised the artist’s view of human beings. The bruised flesh of martyrs alternates with the discreet eroticism of goddesses. At the end of the 18th century, academic nude studies became popular. As a major theme of 19th century painting, the nude reflects the multiple artistic approaches of the period.
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