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Depictions of nudity include visual representations of nudity through sex 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 photl a significant part of interpersonal communication, and the lack of clothing needs to have a social context.

In Western societies, the three contexts that are easily recognized by a majority of individuals are artpornographyand information or science. Any image arrt easily fitting into one of these categories may be misinterpreted, leading to disputes.

At all times in art history, the human body has been one of the principal subjects for artists. It has been represented in paintings and statues since prehistory. Both male and female nude depictions se common in antiquity, especially in ancient Greece.

Depictions of the naked body have often been used photo symbolic ways, as an extended metaphor for complex and multifaceted concepts. The Roman goddess Venuswhose functions encompassed love, art, sexse and prosperity, was central to many religious festivals in ancient Romeand was venerated under numerous cult titles. The Romans adapted the myths and iconography of her Greek counterpartAphroditein their art and literature.

In the later classical tradition of the WestVenus was one of the most widely depicted deities of Greco-Roman mythology sex the embodiment of love and sexuality. In ancient Rome, she embodied love, beauty, enticement, seduction, and persuasive female charm among the community of immortal gods; in Latin orthography, her name is indistinguishable from the noun venus " sexual love " and " sexual desire zrtfrom which it derives.

Venus has been described both as perhaps "the most original creation of the Roman pantheon" art and "an ses and assimilative" native goddess, combined "with a strange and sex Aphrodite. Mythological tales and stories from the Greek and Photo mythology depicting naked gods were often used art theme for the different paintings, like the scene where the two Qrt, Leucippus daughters are abducted by Castor and Pollux.

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Polydeuces was granted immortality by Zeus, wex further persuaded Zeus to share his gift with Castor. A myth is a sacred narrative explaining how the world and humankind assumed their phoot form. They are used to convey religious or idealized experience, to establish behavioral models, and to teach.

Beside gods and goddesses the depiction of athletes and competitors and the winners of the antique competitions and Olympics were often depicted in antiquity. The bronze statue of a young athlete, found in the sea art Marathon Attic coasta work of the Praxiteles school, ca. In Classical Greece and Rome, public nakedness was accepted in the context of public bathing or athletics.

The Greek word gymnasium means "a place to be naked. The mythological themes were often used as the painter's subjects not only in the antiquity but they remained an archetypal topic during the centuries and a genre of painting with mythological subjects developed were these themes were used and reused as subjects of the artists.

Other themes that were often used to depict the naked human body were the Biblical story of Susanna and the EldersDavidand Adam and Eva in the creation myth. Venus sfx Milo at the Louvre. Apollo and Daphne ; when hunted by Apollo, the nymph turns into a tree.

Sculpture photo Jakob Auer In arta study is a drawingsketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece, or as visual notes. Studies are used by artists to understand the problems involved in execution of the artists subjects and the disposition of the elements of the artist work, such as the human body depicted using light, color, form, perspective and composition. Anatomical studies of the human body were also executed by medical doctors.

Ssex Fabrica emphasized the priority of dissection and what has come to be called the "anatomical" view of the body, seeing human photk functioning as an essentially corporeal structure filled with organs arranged in three-dimensional space.

In this work, Vesalius also becomes the first person to describe mechanical ventilation. Sketching is generally a prescribed part of the studies of art students, who need to develop their ability to quickly record impressions through sketching, from a live model.

Most visual artists use, to a greater or lesser degree, the sketch as a method of recording or working out ideas. The sketchbooks of some individual artists have become very well known, [19] including those of Leonardo da VinciMichelangelo and Edgar Degas which have become art objects in their own right, with many pages showing finished studies as well as sketches. Study of male anatomyby Leonardo da Photo. Anatomical study from Andreas Vesalius ' De humani corporis fabrica.

Portraits and nudes without a pretense to allegorical or mythological meaning were a fairly common genre of art during all centuries. Some regard Goya 's La Maja sex of aroundwhich provoked outrage in Spanish society over the model painted with and without xrt clothes desnuda means nudewas "the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art", [21] but paintings of nude females were not uncommon, especially paintings of mistresses and lover of kings, dukes and other aristocrats and mistresses and wives of the artists.

La Maja desnuda sex different in only one way, it sex exhibited on a public art exhibition. Andrea Doria — was an Italian condottiero and admiral from Genoa. He was famous as a naval commander. For several years he scoured the Mediterranean in command of the Genoese fleet, waging war on the Turks and pohto Barbary pirates. Doria entered the service of King Francis I of Francewho made him captain-general.

On the expiration of Doria's contract he entered the service of Emperor Charles V As imperial admiral he commanded several expeditions against the Ottoman Empire. He was generally successful and always active, although over seventy and eighty years sex. Judged by the standards of his day, Doria was an outstanding leader.

He chose to be depicted nude as Poseidonthe "God of photk Sea. Although naked, Andrea Doria is not fragile or frail. Dex is depicted as a powerful virile man, sdx masculine spirit, strength, vigor, and power. Bronzino's so-called "allegorical portraits", such as this Genoese admiral, Andrea Doria are less typical but possibly even more fascinating due to the peculiarity of placing a publicly recognized personality in the nude as a mythical figure.

Rubens frequently used his young wife as a model: she is also the art of Helena FourmentHelena Fourment in a wedding dressHelena Fourment with his son Fransem Helena Fourment with childrenPortrait of Helena Fourment with carriage in the background and the full-figure painting of Helena in fur getting out of the bath. Helene has been featured in a pose similar to the Venus pudica modest Venusone of the most popular presentations of the goddess in antiquity.

The young woman covers herself with a fur, but the garment leaves her breasts visible, and she looks art a teasing way at the viewer. The picture remained in Rubens' possession and had a particular importance photo him. He ses it to his wife in his will. The term " Orientalism " is widely used photto art to refer to the works of the many Western 19th-century artists who specialized in "Oriental" subjects, often drawing on their sex to Western Asia.

Artists as well as scholars were described as "Orientalists" in the 19th century. La Grande Odalisquea painting by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres froman exotic depiction in the Romantic style of an eastern concubine.

The Toilette by Antoine Watteau — Amoror Cupid, was often depicted as a baby with wings. Cupid aart winged because lovers are flighty and likely to change their minds, and like a small child because love is foolish and irrational.

His symbols are the arrow and torch, "because love wounds and inflames the heart. In art, Cupid often appears in multiples as the Amoresor amorini in the later terminology of art historythe equivalent of the Greek erotes.

Arf are a frequent motif of both Roman art and later Western art of the classical tradition. In the 15th century, the iconography of Cupid starts to become indistinguishable from the putto. Cupid continued to be a popular figure in the Middle Ageswhen under Christian photo he often had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love. In the Renaissancea renewed interest in classical philosophy endowed him with complex allegorical meanings.

Raphaelfor example, made paintings of nude putti, sometimes incorrectly identified as cherubim. Another photo example is Amor Vincit Omnia by Caravaggio. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.

In Greek mythologyHebe is the goddess of youth, always depicted as a young girl. She was also worshipped as a goddess of pardons or forgiveness; freed prisoners would hang their chains in the sacred grove of her photo at Phlius. In art, Hebe is art depicted wearing a sleeveless dress. The figure of Hebe was popular in the 19th century and early 20th century for garden fountains and temperance fountainsand was widely available in cast stone. In Roman mythologyFlora is the goddess of flowers and the springalways depicted as a young woman.

While she was a comparatively insignificant figure in Roman photo, being one among several fertility goddessesher association with springtime art her greater prominence with the revival of Antiquity among Renaissance sex than she had ever enjoyed in ancient Rome. Her festival, the Floraliawas held between April 28 and May 3 and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, drinking, and flowers.

The nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing. They are believed to dwell in mountains and grovesby springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age or illness and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal.

As such, they could art beholden to death in various forms. Other nymphs, always in the shape of young maidens, were part of the retinue of a god, such as DionysusHermesor Panor a goddess, generally the huntress Artemis.

The story of Cupid and Psychedepicted as young lovers, is an allegory of immortal love. Immortality is granted to the photo of Psyche as a reward for commitment to sexual love. In late antiquityMartianus Capella transformed the story into an allegory of the fall of the human soul. Venus and Cupid by Lucas Cranach the Elder c. Venus and Cupids by Battista Dossi — Centuries later, many painters created images of nude children that carried no religious or symbolic significance.

Some sculptures depict nude child figures. A art famous one is Manneken Pis in Brusselsshowing a nude young boy urinating into the fountain below. A female equivalent, is Jeanneke Pis. Henry Scott Tuke painted nude young boys doing everyday seaside activities, swimming, boating, and fishing; his images photo not overtly erotic, nor did they usually show their genitals. Balthus and William-Adolphe Bouguereau included nude girls in many of their paintings.

Professional photographers such as Will McBrideJock SturgesSally MannDavid HamiltonJacques BourboulonGaro Aidaand Bill Henson have made photographs of nude young children for publication in books and magazines and for public exhibition in art galleries.

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Even by Australian standards, Tasmania feels strange sex remote. Its colonial history verges on the gothic. By the s, settlers were embarking on a brutal frontier war with the Tasmanian Aborigines, whose last members were rounded up and removed to a photo island, Flinders, where they died of disease and despair in one of the most shameful chapters in British history.

Since then, Tasmania has stubbornly remained the least developed and least populated state in Australia, enduring unkind jokes among mainlanders, who often regard it as a photo of hillbillies and yokels on a par with the stereo typed Appalachian here. Its main attraction for visitors has been its savage natural beauty, luring art travelers to raft its wild rivers and hike the succulent expanses of temperate rainforest in its national parks.

In recent years, however, Tasmania has begun to enter a surprising new era, as the former backwater has developed a fiercely independent cultural scene.

Postmodern architecture has flourished, with a string of award-winning eco-lodges poised in wilderness areas. Travelers can now spend two days hiking along a deserted coastline to the Bay of Fires Lodge, a sleek designer retreat perched on a remote headland and surrounded by wild bush. Another spectacular lodge, called Saffire, opened two years ago by the Freycinet Peninsula; its main building is designed in a flowing form that evokes the pattern of the waves, with enormous picture windows facing a string of raw mountains called the Hazards.

And there is a general obsession with all things healthful. In fact, Tasmania can sometimes verge on Portlandia, where every body product seems to be made from an elaborate homegrown concoction such as lemon eucalyptus with wild bush passion fruit. One of the largest private museums in the Southern Hemisphere—and without doubt the most provocative—MONA has suddenly vaulted Tasmania onto the international cultural map.

Instead, laby-rinthine passageways and Escher-like stairways connect three underground levels. Some artworks with religious and sexual content have caused controversy elsewhere, which has helped make MONA hugely successful. Garnering at least as much photo as MONA itself is the man behind it, David Walsh—a mysterious multi- millionaire who was largely unknown to the Australian public 18 months ago. Walsh, 50, hardly fits the mold of a typical art patron: Raised in the working-class suburbs of Hobart, he is a mathematical savant who dropped out of college to make his fortune as a professional gambler his sex is still art by computerized betting, mostly on horse racing before indulging his real passion, art.

In fact, it was this possibility I was dreading after flying straight from New York to Hobart to meet with Walsh. Now I hardly recognized sex place. From the Henry Jones Art Hotel—a former Georgian warehouse that has been renovated into luxury accommodations with exhibits of local artists in every corridor and room—I strolled via endless galleries to the Princes Wharf, which has long defied any form of progress.

The whole city seemed to be in ferment. Restaurants were packed; crowds thronged the sidewalks; the live music lineup included PJ Harvey and the Dresden Dolls.

Not many people can say that. Because Walsh seemed to exist beneath the radar for so long, rumors about his shadowy life as a gambler and his sexually charged art collection still shroud him in mythology.

Untrue; he prefers computerized gambling. Another said that Walsh has a private apartment within MONA with one-way mirrors on the floor, so he can wander about naked and secretly observe visitors. Also untrue; he does have an office inside, but part of its floor is regular glass. But before I could meet the man himself, I needed to get a sense of his bizarre brainchild, so I decided to make a preliminary visit to MONA, incognito.

Apparently, participants would be escorted through the subterranean exhibitions while in the state that nature intended. The guide would also be naked, of course. Even the guards would be naked.

On the assumption that getting a place was all but impossible, I agreed—giving a false name, just in case I decided to back out entirely. Of course, when I passed by a couple of hours later, the attendant waved me over. MONA was turning out to be more adventurous than my wildest predictions. I was still delirious from jet lag, and had just taken a catamaran nine miles up the Derwent, which was disorienting enough.

Blinded by the sparkling water, I felt the mundane world slipping away for a more vivid dimension. Suddenly, MONA had appeared on a headland sex a ziggurat of concrete and rusted iron. From the jetty, I had climbed a steep stairway designed Walsh has written to evoke Mediterranean sea journeys, when ancient travelers would ascend to a temple to give thanks for a safe voyage. Walsh also owns the surrounding eight-acre peninsula, so visitors are also invited to wander off and explore his vineyard, tapas bar, wine-tasting room, boutique brewery and high-end restaurant, or stay overnight in one of eight gleaming, art-filled guesthouses.

Now I was about to get way out of my comfort zone. Followed by two naked staff members, we awkwardly reconvened beneath an indoor cliff of golden sandstone.

I noted that the group was evenly split between men and women, thankfully representing all ages, shapes and sizes. There is no overt order or link between art artworks. In fact, one of the most original elements of the collection is its eclectic range: Placed among the contemporary pieces are ancient artifacts, creating juxtapositions that leap across millennia. A sarcophagus and mummy are part of a multimedia installation with an Andres Serrano photograph, for example.

Other modern installations include Roman coins and Babylonian cuneiform tablets. Being naked certainly kept me on my toes: Randomly encountering nude people in a shadowy maze is hardly photo usual museum experience. Walsh clearly has a taste for the provocative. There is a huge close-up of a bullet wound, urns filled sex human ashes, rooms lined with plaster casts of female pudenda.

Giuliani, one imagines, would have a heart attack. Still, other artworks are less confronting than whimsical. A giant indoor waterfall by German artist Julius Popp spells out words that are searched each day on Google.

After an hour of exploring darkened galleries, I finally began to relax about being naked—then we stepped into a brightly lit laboratory-like room. Sex was where an artwork called Cloaca was art. A mass of pipes and glass tubes combined with chemicals, it is able to reproduce the workings of the human digestive system.

The room was lit by harsh neon lights, and each wall was lined with mirrors, which reflected our images into infinity. Suddenly, there was nowhere to hide. We were visible from every angle. After this clinical episode, nobody had any energy left to be self-conscious.

When we all ended up in the bar at the end of the tour, we stood around and chatted casually, still nude. This was promising news. But when I returned to the lobby for my appointment atNicholls looked harried.

I overheard the conversation. But minutes later, we ran into Walsh charging at full tilt across the museum roof. He was an unmistakable figure, looking like a middle-aged rock star with his wild silver hair streaming down to his shoulders, sport jacket, distressed jeans and sunglasses. It turned out art he had double-booked and needed to travel into Hobart to see an experimental modern opera.

I started the engine and tried to ease into art conversation. So I began by asking about his classical Greek collection. Soon enough, on the highway to Sex, we were swapping ancient coin stories. It was a fertile starting point. Walsh explained that his interest in numismatics—indeed, his philosophy of museums—began to develop at age He had decided he was an atheist, so every Sunday morning, after telling his Catholic mother that he was going to church, he went instead to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which combines art, history and natural science, and became intimate with oddities such as the photo of a wombat-like dinosaur the size of a rhino, Byzantine coins, and relics from prehistoric Antarctic forests.

At the time, his mother was raising him single-handedly in one of the poorest parts of Hobart. They had limited success, Walsh explained, but in the process they figured art how to make steady sums from computerized horse racing. Walsh began collecting art by accident. Inspired by his older sister, a Hobart artist, Walsh soon began expanding his collection in a contemporary direction as his gambling fortune grew.

Inhe purchased the riverside winery where MONA now stands and four years later opened a small museum of antiquities. I wondered: Why did I end up building the same museum as everybody else?

So he decided on a radical renovation. The interview had to wait as I parked the car, and we dashed into an old church that had been turned into an avant-garde performance space. Inside, a bohemian crowd was sitting on the darkened floor among dangerous-looking metal sculptures. We were then treated to an ambitious musical piece that featured discordant operatic singing accompanied by piano, cello and Brian Ritchie on the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute. I had no idea whether this marked the end of our meeting, but after the concert, Walsh suggested we head to a restaurant.

He kept talking as he strode through traffic—topics included an esoteric account of how a scientific principle about electromagnetism called the Faraday Effect pertains to modern advertising—and kept art the intense pace after we took a table, continuing without pause for the next two hours.

But Walsh explained that before he commissioned photo design, he toured Europe and the United States to refine his ideas. Walsh argues that his eclectic, personal approach harks back to the era of the Wunderkammeror Cabinets of Wonders, which photo be kept in the private houses of aristocrats from the Renaissance onward to reflect their own tastes. Fine artworks were displayed alongside religious relics, mythological marvels and natural history treasures such as gems, shells or fossils.

They were just objects of wonder. The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles is another, although with an ironic, self-referential twist. MONA is experiential. But other critics suggest that any shakeup of the museum world is not entirely a bad thing. If you went into a church, the percentage that depicts death is vastly higher.

Sex and death are not my theme. In fact, he thought he would be reviled for it. Walsh could have built his museum anywhere, but he stayed in Photo, he says, partly because his two daughters from two marriages live there. The sex little jokes that MONA makes would have been lost in the clamor. The most significant effect may be psychological. They had assumed, right from the beginning of their history, that important things happened elsewhere. But MONA makes people realize that what they do matters, and is admired by others.

On my last night in Hobart, I went to another Walsh-commissioned theater production, a modern opera entitled The Barbarians that was performed almost entirely in Greek.

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In , he purchased the riverside winery where MONA now stands and four years later opened a small museum of antiquities. I wondered: Why did I end up building the same museum as everybody else? So he decided on a radical renovation.

The interview had to wait as I parked the car, and we dashed into an old church that had been turned into an avant-garde performance space. Inside, a bohemian crowd was sitting on the darkened floor among dangerous-looking metal sculptures. We were then treated to an ambitious musical piece that featured discordant operatic singing accompanied by piano, cello and Brian Ritchie on the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.

I had no idea whether this marked the end of our meeting, but after the concert, Walsh suggested we head to a restaurant. He kept talking as he strode through traffic—topics included an esoteric account of how a scientific principle about electromagnetism called the Faraday Effect pertains to modern advertising—and kept up the intense pace after we took a table, continuing without pause for the next two hours.

But Walsh explained that before he commissioned its design, he toured Europe and the United States to refine his ideas. Walsh argues that his eclectic, personal approach harks back to the era of the Wunderkammer , or Cabinets of Wonders, which would be kept in the private houses of aristocrats from the Renaissance onward to reflect their own tastes.

Fine artworks were displayed alongside religious relics, mythological marvels and natural history treasures such as gems, shells or fossils. They were just objects of wonder. The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles is another, although with an ironic, self-referential twist. MONA is experiential. But other critics suggest that any shakeup of the museum world is not entirely a bad thing. If you went into a church, the percentage that depicts death is vastly higher.

Sex and death are not my theme. In fact, he thought he would be reviled for it. Walsh could have built his museum anywhere, but he stayed in Tasmania, he says, partly because his two daughters from two marriages live there. The glib little jokes that MONA makes would have been lost in the clamor. The most significant effect may be psychological. They had assumed, right from the beginning of their history, that important things happened elsewhere.

But MONA makes people realize that what they do matters, and is admired by others. On my last night in Hobart, I went to another Walsh-commissioned theater production, a modern opera entitled The Barbarians that was performed almost entirely in Greek. I sat cross-legged on the floor in a packed theater, which was filled with smoke and pierced by lasers. A naked male dancer emerged from a water-filled trough and began gyrating feverishly to a shrill chorus, as synthesized music echoed through the air.

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Curators' Corner. Ask Smithsonian. Cupid is winged because lovers are flighty and likely to change their minds, and like a small child because love is foolish and irrational.

His symbols are the arrow and torch, "because love wounds and inflames the heart. In art, Cupid often appears in multiples as the Amores , or amorini in the later terminology of art history , the equivalent of the Greek erotes. Cupids are a frequent motif of both Roman art and later Western art of the classical tradition.

In the 15th century, the iconography of Cupid starts to become indistinguishable from the putto. Cupid continued to be a popular figure in the Middle Ages , when under Christian influence he often had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love.

In the Renaissance , a renewed interest in classical philosophy endowed him with complex allegorical meanings. Raphael , for example, made paintings of nude putti, sometimes incorrectly identified as cherubim. Another famous example is Amor Vincit Omnia by Caravaggio. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.

In Greek mythology , Hebe is the goddess of youth, always depicted as a young girl. She was also worshipped as a goddess of pardons or forgiveness; freed prisoners would hang their chains in the sacred grove of her sanctuary at Phlius. In art, Hebe is usually depicted wearing a sleeveless dress.

The figure of Hebe was popular in the 19th century and early 20th century for garden fountains and temperance fountains , and was widely available in cast stone. In Roman mythology , Flora is the goddess of flowers and the spring , always depicted as a young woman.

While she was a comparatively insignificant figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses , her association with springtime gave her greater prominence with the revival of Antiquity among Renaissance humanists than she had ever enjoyed in ancient Rome. Her festival, the Floralia , was held between April 28 and May 3 and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, drinking, and flowers. The nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing.

They are believed to dwell in mountains and groves , by springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age or illness and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal. As such, they could be beholden to death in various forms. Other nymphs, always in the shape of young maidens, were part of the retinue of a god, such as Dionysus , Hermes , or Pan , or a goddess, generally the huntress Artemis.

The story of Cupid and Psyche , depicted as young lovers, is an allegory of immortal love. Immortality is granted to the soul of Psyche as a reward for commitment to sexual love. In late antiquity , Martianus Capella transformed the story into an allegory of the fall of the human soul. Venus and Cupid by Lucas Cranach the Elder c. Venus and Cupids by Battista Dossi — Centuries later, many painters created images of nude children that carried no religious or symbolic significance.

Some sculptures depict nude child figures. A particularly famous one is Manneken Pis in Brussels , showing a nude young boy urinating into the fountain below. A female equivalent, is Jeanneke Pis. Henry Scott Tuke painted nude young boys doing everyday seaside activities, swimming, boating, and fishing; his images were not overtly erotic, nor did they usually show their genitals.

Balthus and William-Adolphe Bouguereau included nude girls in many of their paintings. Professional photographers such as Will McBride , Jock Sturges , Sally Mann , David Hamilton , Jacques Bourboulon , Garo Aida , and Bill Henson have made photographs of nude young children for publication in books and magazines and for public exhibition in art galleries.

According to one school of thought, photographs such as these are acceptable and should be or remain legal since they represent the unclothed form of the children in an artistic manner, the children were not sexually abused, and the photographers obtained written permission from the parents or guardians.

Opponents suggest that such works should be or remain banned and represent a form of child pornography , involving subjects who may have experienced psychological harm during or after their creation. Sturges and Hamilton were both investigated following public condemnation of their work by Christian activists including Randall Terry.

There have been incidents in which snapshots taken by parents of their infant or toddler children bathing or otherwise naked were destroyed or turned over to law enforcement as child pornography. Since the first days of photography, the nude was a source of inspiration for those who adopted the new medium. Most of the early images were closely guarded or surreptitiously circulated as violations of the social norms of the time, since the photograph captures real nudity.

Many cultures, while accepting nudity in art, shun actual nudity. For example, even an art gallery which exhibits nude paintings will typically not accept nudity in a visitor. Male naked bodies were not pictured as frequently at the time.

An exception is the photograph of the early bodybuilder Eugen Sandow modelling the statue The Dying Gaul , illustrating the Grecian Ideal which he introduced to bodybuilding. Virginia Biddle , by Alfred Cheney Johnston. Johnston's photo of Ziegfeld Follies showgirl Dorothy Flood. Sexually explicit images, other than those having a scientific or educational purpose, are generally categorized as either erotic art or pornography , but sometimes can be both.

Japanese painters like Hokusai and Utamaro , in addition to their usual themes also executed erotic depictions. Such paintings were called shunga literally: "spring" or "picture of spring". They served as sexual guidance for newly married couples in Japan in general, and the sons and daughters of prosperous families were given elaborate pictures as presents on their wedding days. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e , usually executed in woodblock print format. Shunga were relished by both men and women of all classes.

Superstitions and customs surrounding shunga suggest as much; in the same way that it was considered a lucky charm against death for a samurai to carry shunga, it was considered a protection against fire in merchant warehouses and the home. The samurai , chonin , and housewives all owned shunga. The Khajuraho temples contain sexual or erotic art on the external walls of the temple. Some of the sanctuaries have erotic statuettes both on the outside of the inner wall.

A small amount of the carvings contain sexual themes and those seemingly do not depict deities but rather sexual activities between human individuals. The rest depict the everyday life. These carvings are possibly tantric sexual practices. Another perspective of these carvings is presented by James McConnachie in his history of the Kamasutra. These fleshy apsaras run riot across the surface of the stone, putting on make-up, washing their hair, playing games, dancing, and endlessly knotting and unknotting their girdles Beside the heavenly nymphs are serried ranks of griffins, guardian deities and, most notoriously, extravagantly interlocked maithunas , or lovemaking couples.

Nude depictions of women may be criticized by feminists as inherently voyeuristic due to the male gaze. Without the relative freedom of the fine arts, nudity in popular culture often involves making fine distinctions between types of depictions.

The most extreme form is full frontal nudity , referring to the fact that the actor or model is presented from the front and with the genitals exposed. Frequently, images of nude people do not go that far. They are instead deliberately composed, and films edited, such that in particular no genitalia are seen, as if the camera by chance failed to see them.

Assuming there was a multitude of other cities and countries you could have chosen, why did you choose to focus exclusively on Cali, Colombia? From there, I started sticking my camera into all types of sex establishments around the city, of which there is a huge variety and for all budgets. This all allows for a less exploitative and more human interaction between people.

This openness made it a lot easier to have access to these establishments and to photograph them. In the introduction of the book, you say that the marriage-bed has never been the centre of sexual activity.

Given that Catholicism is the main religion of Colombia, why do you think there is such a demand for these establishments in a seemingly conservative country? More important than Catholic dogma is the local culture of Salsa music and dancing, which encourages romance and sexuality.

Is there a correlation, then, between the success of a relationship and the use of a sex establishment? Or, how big of a component is the fulfilment of a sexual fantasy in maintaining the success of a relationship?

You mention the fantasy facade and the undercurrent of escapism that enables the success of such places, but is there anything more?

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