Virgin and Child (detail), Right side of Melun Diptych, about 1452 –1455, Jean Fouquet, oil on oak panel. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. Image: © - Art in Flanders vzw, photo: Dominique Provost

The Renaissance Nude


The Getty Center

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Inspired by a renewed interest in classical sculpture and closer study of nature, Renaissance artists made the nude body ever more vibrant, lifelike, and central to their practice. Yet, pious European Renaissance society was troubled by the nude and its new sensuality—a conflicted response echoed in the world today, where images of nudity have become ubiquitous. This exhibition, with more than 100 objects by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, and others, traces the nude’s controversial emergence and its transformative effect on European art and culture.

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