Views on the nude – Genisis

Genisis 3:16

And when the women saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wish, she took of the fruit therefor and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

And the eyes of theme both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons…and the lord God called unto the man and said unto him, ”Where are thou?” and he said, ”I heard they voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself….

Unto the women God said, ‘I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy conception. In pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband and h shall rule over thee.”


Adam and Eve by Mabuse, Early 16th Century

This image is of such representation of the shame shown through this Genesis. The spectator becomes god like and looks at the pair through such judgment. Thus creating such shame in the Western traditions of looking. Nakedness is a form of objectified through such representation thus forming the Nude prospective.

The idea of the nude being of such shame would create such insight as to Berger encourages that the Naked is of beauty and the Nude is of such shame. Unfortunately within the Western culture such assumptions encourage that the nude in particular with the Female nude is shameful and of sin because sexual promiscuity is nothing more than reflected through this nude. Regardless of such hidden meaning due to religious culture the unclothed female is automatically nude and becomes sexualised.

It cannot help but be suggested that the nude or the naked regardless of such interpretations are of such importance. Understandably the importance of how the bare human form is portrayed and thus for artistic reasons its best to define your work and its portrayal however such importance in suggestion can be miss represented. By this what I am trying to suggest is that importantly within painting the nude form regardless of sexual implications or promiscuity are deemed as art however such questioning only becomes more important when the medium of photography and its approach to the nude.

For example Vanity by Memling (1435-1494) You would assume at the time of its release and the society acceptance of that era would dismiss this as the ‘Nude’ and not one of the ‘Naked’ however such labeling wasn’t of such importance. Painters slowly introduced such notions and displayed such female on their own. The traditions of such use of the mirror portrayed the vanity and yet this acceptance is hypocritical because the painting of the woman had been created for the male spectators pleasure .




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