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How to see people naked in Renaissance Italy

How to see naked men Seeing naked or near-naked men in the Renaissance does not seem to have been very difficult. I should point out that looking at naked people is not, necessarily, erotic. Indeed, the word for naked, nudo, … Continue reading

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Did renaissance women remove their body hair?

Notoriously, on the wedding night of the celebrated art critic, John Ruskin and Effie Gray in 1848, Ruskin was so repelled by the sight of his bride‚Äôs body that he was unable to consummate the marriage. Effie Gray explained in … Continue reading

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“Is she pregnant, or just out of shape?” Misogyny and description in art history

Rosso, female nude

Rosso, Female Nude, Uffizi

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