GREAT ART - The Classic Nude



THE CLASSICAL GREEK TRADITION






PALAISTRA SCENE - NUDE EPHEBE

440 BCE – 435 BCE

One of the earliest surviving images of anyone reading a papyrus roll, preserved in the Louvre. (View Larger)
A tondo, or circular work of art, from the inside base of an Attic red figure cup depicts the teacher Linos (named on the right) reading from a papyrus roll while his pupil Mousaios (named on the left) reads from writing tablets.
Preserved in the Louvre (G457), this school scene is one of the earliest surviving images of anyone reading a papyrus roll. The tondo shows Linos reading the roll vertically, perhaps because of the demands of the artistic composition; the usual method of reading a papyrus roll appears to have been in the horizontal position with the scroll rolling to the right and left. To the left of Linos the boy, Mousaios, stands reading from the wood tablets he holds in his left hand. Behind Mousaios the chest depicted is thought to be a storage container for papyrus rolls.  The cup, attributed to the "Eretria Painter," is 9.9 cm high x 25.4 cm in diameter and 33.9 cm wide.  


THE RENNAISANCE MALE NUDE






'THE CREATION OF ADAM'
(Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Rome)
Michelangelo




'IGNUDI'
(Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Rome)
Michelangelo




'TRIUMPH OF EROS'
Michelangelo  Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is particularly renowned for his use of chiaroscuro, a technique that uses light and dark to achieve a 3-D effect.
Caravaggio breaks away from the tradition of symmetrical figures and detailed backgrounds. His figures do retain a traditional monumentality.
Caravaggio receives his first training in Milan, specializing in still-lives. Around 1592 he takes to Rome, switching his subject matter to street-life and young boys.
In 1595 Caravaggio's talent catches the eye of cardinal Francesco Del Monte, who becomes his first patron. Caravaggio's life is as turbulent as his personality.
In 1606 a bet over a game of tennis leads to an argument, at which point Caravaggio draws his sword and kills his opponent.
He flees to Naples, intending to take the long way home to Rome.
He dies before reaching Rome, probably of pneumonia, in Porto Ercole.
Several days after his death word arrives of papal absolution.




'BOY  BITTEN  BY  A  LIZARD''
Michelangelo  Caravaggio



'SELF  PORTRAIT  AS  BACCHUS'
Michelangelo  Caravaggio



'ST  JOHN  THE  BAPTIST'
Michelangelo  Caravaggio



'PORTRAT  OF  DEXTER  FLETCHER'
(in the style of Caravaggio)







'DEPOSITION  OF  CHRIST'
Michelangelo  Caravaggio






'ST  JOHN  THE  BAPTIST'
Andrea del Sarto - (1486 – 1531)


Andrea del Sarto (1486 – 1531) was an Italian painter from Florence, whose career flourished during the High Renaissance and early-Mannerism.
Though highly regarded during his lifetime as an artist senza errori ("without errors"), his renown was eclipsed after his untimely death by that of his contemporaries, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.



THE MALE NUDE IN 19th and 20th CENTURY ART







'THE  DYING  ST  SEBASTIAN'
François-Xavier Fabre (1766–1837)







'SLEEPING  ENDYMION'  1756
Nicolas-Guy Brenet (1728-1792)







'HECTOR'
Jacques-Louis David - 1748-1825


Jacques-Louis David (30 August 1748 – 29 December 1825) was a highly influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era.
In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity and severity, heightened feeling chiming with the moral climate of the final years of the ancien régime.
David later became an active supporter of the French Revolution and friend of Maximilien Robespierre (1758–1794), and was effectively a dictator of the arts under the French Republic.
Imprisoned after Robespierre's fall from power, he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon I.
It was at this time that he developed his 'Empire style', notable for its use of warm Venetian colours.
David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the early 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.







'MARTYRDOM  OF  ST  SEBASTIAN'
Francois Guillaume Menageot




'IXION PRECIPITE DANS LES ENFERS'
Jules Elie Delaunay




'THE TORTURE OF PROMETHEUS'
Jean Louis Cesar Lair




'PROMETHEUS'
Christian Griepenkerl (1839 -1912)




'JACOB  WRESTLING  WITH  THE  ANGEL' -1865
Alexandre Louis Leloir




'JEUNE HOMME NU' - 1855
Hippolyte Flandrin - (1805-1864)




ACADEMIC  STUDY  OF  NUDE  WRESTLERS




'CAIN AND ABEL
Svend Rathsack
(1885-1941)





'MALE NUDE STUDY' (circa 1890)
FRENCH SCHOOL (19th century)








KNABEN RÜCKENAKT' - (1900)
Alfons Karpinski - (1875-1961)

Alfons Karpiński (Rozwadów near Tarnobrzeg, February 20, 1875 – June 6, 1961, Kraków, Poland) was a Polish painter specializing in portraits of women, still-life and foreign landscape of Italy and France.
Karpiński studied painting in Kraków at the School of Fine Arts under Leon Wyczółkowski between 1891–1895 and after 1903 at the Munich Academy under Anton Ažbe, until 1907.
He continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under Kazimierz Pochwalski and finally, at the Parisian Académie Colarossi.
At the turn of the century he became a contributing artist to the legendary Zielony Balonik art-and-literary cabaret in Kraków.
He was a member of the Polish Artists Society "Sztuka" (Art)




'MALE  ATHLETE'
Frank Xavier Leyendecker



THE  MALE NUDE  IN  CONTEMPORARY  ART

Paintings and studies of the male nude have recently returned to favour, after being neglected during the period of abstract & non representational art.
Many artists, using both traditional techniques & the latest computer generated art, are now producing examples of the male nude which rival those of the 19th Century & the Renaissance periods.





'DECO DREAMING'
Peter Crawford

© Copyright Peter Crawford 2014



'THE BIRTH OF DIONYSUS'
André Durand

André Durand (born Ottawa,Canada 1947) is a painter working in the European Hermetic tradition. He is influenced by artists such as Rubens, Titian, Michelangelo and Velázquez.
Although Durand is perhaps best known for his allegorical portraits, such as Princess Diana as Fortuna, he achieved international artistic acclaim for his official portraits of John Paul II (1983) and the Dalai Lama (1983, 1989).
Durand's portrait of the Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen (1972) is one of the most popular portraits in London's National Portrait Gallery.
In 1970 Durand painted a series of pictures inspired by the dancers of the Royal Ballet.
It is nevertheless Durand's extraordinary mythological narratives that demonstrate his profound understanding of the myths and rituals of both Classical and Christian traditions, and these are an ever-present undercurrent of his work.
for more infomation about André Durand and his work go to :

Dionysus or Dionysos is the ancient Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy, and was also the driving force behind Greek theater.This god who inspires joyful worship and ecstasy, festivals, and celebration is a major figure of Greek mythology and the religion of ancient Greece.
He is included as one of the twelve Olympians in some lists.
Dionysus is typical of the god of the epiphany, "the god that comes".
He was also known as Bacchus, the name adopted by the Romans and the frenzy he induces, bakkheia.
Hailed as an Asiatic foreigner, he was thought to have had strong ties to the East and to Ethiopia in the South.
He was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing one from one's normal self, by madness, ecstasy or wine.
The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of the aulos and to bring an end to care and worry.
In Greek mythology, Dionysus is made out to be a son of Zeus and the mortal Semele.
He is described as a beautiful young ephebe - teenage boy.
The retinue of Dionysus was called the thiasus and was composed chiefly of maenads and satyrs.Dionysus is a god of mystery religious rites.
In the Thracian mysteries, he wears the bassaris or fox-skin, symbolizing new life.
His own rites, the Dionysian Mysteries practiced by maenads and others, were the most secret of all.
Contradictions in Dionysus' origin suggest to some that we are dealing not with the historical memory of a cult that is foreign, but with a god in whom foreignness is inherent.
Clearly, Dionysus had been with the Greeks and their predecessors a long time, and yet always retained the feel of something alien and extatic.




'PROMETHEUS'
André Durand

In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Ancient Greek:  "forethought") is a Titan, the son of Iapetus and Themis, and brother to Atlas, Epimetheus and Menoetius.
He was a champion of mankind, known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals.
Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.
His myth has been treated by a number of ancient sources, in which Prometheus is credited with – or blamed for – playing a pivotal role in the early history of mankind.



'ST  SEBASTIAN'
André Durand




'ROMAN  GLADIATOR'
Vittorio Carvelli

A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, "swordsman", from gladius, "sword") was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals.
Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena.
Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death.
Irrespective of their origin, gladiators offered audiences an example of Rome's martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they could inspire admiration and popular acclaim.
They were celebrated in high and low art, and their value as entertainers was commemorated in precious and commonplace objects throughout the Roman world.




Ἴκαρος

'FALLEN ICARUS' (1998)
Neil Moore (1950)



In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. 
The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax.
He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall to his death. 
he myth shares thematic similarities with that of Phaëton — both are usually taken as tragic examples of hubris or failed ambition — and is often depicted in art. 




'RECLINING NUDE EPHEBE'
γυμνό έφηβος
(Male Nude Study)
Vittorio Carvelli

see 'Great Art - Vittorio Carvelli'



'NUDE  DISCUS  THROWER'
VITTORIO CAERVELLI



'NUDE  MALE  TORSO'
VITTORIO CAERVELLI




'Νίκη' - ( VICTORY)
Vittorio Carvelli

In Greek mythology, (Greek: Νίκη "Victory") was a goddess who personified victory throughout the ages of the ancient Greek culture.
She is known as the Winged Goddess of Victory.
The Roman equivalent was Victoria.Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas (Titan) and Styx (Water), and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia (violence), and Zelus (Zeal).
Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus, the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon.
According to classical myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older deities.
Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame.
This contemporary image is very unusual, int that Nike is depicted in masculine form, holding a palm of victory.
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'Ἄτλας' - (ATLAS)
Vittorio Carvelli

In Greek mythology, Atlas was the primordial Titan who supported the heavens.
Although associated with various places, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains in north-west Africa.
Atlas was the son of the Titan Iapetus and the Oceanid Asia or Klyméne, -"Now Iapetus took to wife the neat-ankled maid Clymene, daughter of Ocean, and went up with her into one bed. And she bare him a stout-hearted son, Atlas: also she bare very glorious Menoetius and clever Prometheus, full of various wiles, and scatter-brained Epimetheus."
Hyginus emphasises the primordial nature of Atlas by making him the son of Aether and Gaia.
In contexts where a Titan and a Titaness are assigned each of the seven planetary powers, Atlas is paired with Phoebe and governs the moon.
He had three brothers — Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius.Atlas continues to be a commonly used icon in western culture, as a symbol of strength or stoic endurance.
He is often shown kneeling on one knee while supporting an enormous round globe on his back and shoulders.
The globe originally represented the celestial sphere of ancient astronomy, rather than the earth.
The use of the term atlas as a name for collections of terrestrial maps and the modern understanding of the earth as a sphere have combined to inspire the many depictions of Atlas' burden as the earth.



'Ἄττις' - (ATTIS)
Vittorio Carvelli

Attis was the consort of Cybele in Phrygian and Greek mythology.
His priests were eunuchs, as explained by origin myths pertaining to Attis and castration.
The 19th-century identification with the name Atys encountered in Herodotus (i.34-45) as the historical name of the son of Croesus, as "Atys the sun god, slain by the boar's tusk of winter", and as a life-death-rebirth deity as described by James Frazer, are mistaken.
As Attis grew, his beauty was godlike, and Agdistis as Cybele, then fell in love with him.
But the foster parents of Attis sent him to Pessinos, where he was to wed the king's daughter.
According to some versions the King of Pessinos was Midas. Just as the marriage-song was being sung, Cybele appeared in her transcendent power, and Attis went mad and cut off his genitals.
Attis' father-in-law-to-be, the king who was giving his daughter in marriage, followed suit, prefiguring the self-castrating corybantes who devoted themselves to Cybele.
But Agdistis repented and saw to it that the body of Attis should neither rot at all nor decay.
Attis was reborn as an evergreen pine tree.
This rebirth was celebrated on 25 March - the festival of Hilaria.




'Προμηθεύς'  -  ( PROMETHEUS )
Vittorio Carvelli

In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Ancient Greek: for "forethought"), is a Titan, the son of Iapetus and Themis, and brother to Atlas, Epimetheus and Menoetius.
He was a champion of mankind, known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals.
Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.
His myth has been treated by a number of ancient sources, in which Prometheus is credited with – or blamed for – playing a pivotal role in the early history of mankind.
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'SAINT SEBASTIAN'
Vittorio Carvelli

Saint Sebastian (died c. 288) was a Christian saint and martyr, who is said to have been killed during the Roman emperorDiocletian's persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post and shot with arrows.
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'SAGITTARIUS - THE ARCHER'
Vittorio Carvelli

In Greek mythology, Sagittarius is identified as a centaur: half human, half horse.
In some legends, the Centaur Chiron was the son of Philyra and Saturn, who was said to have changed himself into a horse to escape his jealous wife, Rhea. Chiron was eventually immortalised in the constellation of Centaurus or in some version, Sagittarius.
The arrow of this constellation points towards the star Antares, the "heart of the scorpion".



'Νάρκισσος' - ( NARCISSUS )
Vittorio Carvelli

Narcissus or Narkissos (Greek: Νάρκισσος), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning "sleep, numbness," in Greek mythology was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty.
He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. As divine punishment he fell in love with his own reflection in a pool, not realizing it was merely an image, and he wasted away to death, not being able to leave the beauty of his own reflection.
Several versions of this myth have survived from ancient sources.
The classic version is by Ovid, found in book 3 of his Metamorphoses (completed 8 AD).
An earlier version ascribed to the poet Parthenius of Nicaea, composed around 50 BC, was recently rediscovered among the Oxyrhynchus papyri at Oxford.
Unlike Ovid's version, this one ends with Narcissus committing suicide.
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'PETER PAN & TINK'
Vittorio Carvelli

Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860–1937).
A mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies, and pirates, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside.
In addition to two distinct works by Barrie, the character has been featured in a variety of media and merchandise, both adapting and expanding on Barrie's works.

for more information about J M Barrie & Peter Pan go to: http://www.scribd.com/doc/18746429/So-Long-Ago-So-Clear
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'Ποσειδῶν'  -  ( POSEIDON )

James Lyons

Poseidon (Greek: Ποσειδῶν; Latin: Neptūnus) was the god of the sea, storms, and, as "Earth-Shaker," of earthquakes in Greek mythology.
The name of the sea-god Nethuns in Etruscan was adopted in Latin for Neptune in Roman mythology: both were sea gods analogous to Poseidon.Linear B tablets show that Poseidon was venerated at Pylos and Thebes in pre-Olympian Bronze Age Greece, but he was integrated into the Olympian gods as the brother of Zeus and Hades. Poseidon has many children.
There is a Homeric hymn to Poseidon, who was the protector of many Hellenic cities, although he lost the contest for Athens to Athena.
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'عزرائيل'  -  ( DARK ANGEL )
Vittorio Carvelli

Azrael is the name of the Archangel of Death in some extrabiblical traditions.
He is also the angel of death in Islamic theology.
It is an English form of the Arabic name Azra'il or Azra'eil, the name traditionally attributed to the angel of death in Islam and Sikhism, as well as some Hebrew lore.
The Qur'an never uses this name, referring instead toMalak al-Maut (which translates directly as angel of death).
It is also spelled Izrail, Azrin, Izrael, Azriel, Azrail, Ezraeil,Azraille, Azryel, or Ozryel. Chambers English dictionary uses the spelling Azrael.
The name literally means Whom God Helps.



"THE GOD RISING'
Vittorio Carvelli




"GREETING  THE  WAVES'
Vittorio Carvelli



'STUDY FOR DIONYSUS - Διόνυσος'
James Childs
for more of Jame's photos see
http://www.jameschilds.com/

Dionysus or Dionysos is the ancient Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy, and was also the driving force behind Greek theater.
This god who inspires joyful worship and ecstasy, festivals, and celebration is a major figure of Greek mythology and the religion of ancient Greece.
He is included as one of the twelve Olympians in some lists.
Dionysus is typical of the god of the epiphany, "the god that comes".
He was also known as Bacchus, the name adopted by the Romans and the frenzy he induces, bakkheia.
Hailed as an Asiatic foreigner, he was thought to have had strong ties to the East and to Ethiopia in the South.
He was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing one from one's normal self, by madness, ecstasy or wine.
The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of the aulos and to bring an end to care and worry.
In Greek mythology, Dionysus is made out to be a son of Zeus and the mortal Semele.
He is described as a beautiful young ephebe - teenage boy.
The retinue of Dionysus was called the thiasus and was composed chiefly of maenads and satyrs.Dionysus is a god of mystery religious rites.
In the Thracian mysteries, he wears the bassaris or fox-skin, symbolizing new life.
His own rites, the Dionysian Mysteries practiced by maenads and others, were the most secret of all.
Contradictions in Dionysus' origin suggest to some that we are dealing not with the historical memory of a cult that is foreign, but with a god in whom foreignness is inherent.
Clearly, Dionysus had been with the Greeks and their predecessors a long time, and yet always retained the feel of something alien and extatic.




'NUDE STUDY - FORESHORTENING'



'DESPAIR'
James Childs
for more of Jame's photos see
http://www.jameschilds.com/




'NUDE STUDY OF THE BACK'




'NATURE BOY'
Jack Whitlow




'BOTTICELLI YOUTH'
Jack Whitlow




'HOMAGE TO GG'
Jack Whitlow

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2 comments:

Caroline said...

Great collection of male nudes; all very beautiful.
Is the portrait of Dexter Fletcher a painting or a photograph? It looks so realistic...

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