Nude Religion Influenced the Artistic Essay

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Another work of art using nudes was dated as having been created by the end of the Hellenistic period is that of Laocoon Group. The sculpture was inspired by a legend and it is the depiction of the epic fight between Laoccon, his sons and the snakes. The admiration for the beauty of the human body that can be seen from the sculptures created during the Hellenistic period reflects the attitude the Greeks had toward its reflection in art. Compared to their predecessors, the Greeks appear to be the first to acknowledge the artistic values of the human body, in its bare form. Kenneth Clark even wrote that "the nude is an art form invented by the Greeks in the fifth century" () Naked children are often depicted in the works of ancient Greeks and one of the examples is a Roman reproduction of a boy strangling a goose. The original model was supposed ha have been created around 150 BC. The scene could be a domestic image of a child playing with the bird or it could represent the son of a goddess who got the goose as a present.

The nude becomes a particular topic in Diderot's writings on art. Writing about the works of art presented at the Salon in 1767, Diderot points out the importance of the artistic expression in rendering an obscene and an innocent subject: "A nude woman isn't indecent. It's the lavishly decked out woman who is" ("Diderot on Art: the Salon of 1767," 50). It is the artist thus, who can make out of the human body an art object or a pornographic subject.

Diderot, Goodman. Diderot on Art: The Salon of 1767. 1995. Yale University Press

Sturgis, A. Clayson, Hollis. Understanding Paintings. 2000. Watson-Guptill

"Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Art: Children with Animals." Retrieved: June 17,…

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Diderot, Goodman. Diderot on Art: The Salon of 1767. 1995. Yale University Press

Sturgis, A. Clayson, Hollis. Understanding Paintings. 2000. Watson-Guptill

"Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Art: Children with Animals." Retrieved: June 17, 2009. Available at: http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Arts/ChildGoose.htm

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