Comparative Studies in Society and History. The Fabrica emphasized the priority of dissection and what has come to be called the "anatomical" view of the body, seeing human internal functioning as an essentially corporeal structure filled with organs arranged in three-dimensional space. 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. In the later classical tradition of the WestVenus was one of the most widely depicted deities of Greco-Roman mythology as the embodiment of love and sexuality. The picture is the artist's construct, an expression in paint, as Alberti says of the intersection of the visual plane at a given distance from the observer. We look through the pictorial surface to the deeper meaning of the text. Klimt, the Austrian symbolist painter with a penchant for gilded canvases, brought you uber-famous works like " The Kiss " and his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Egon Schiele's "Friendship".
'Nude Mona Lisa' may have been drawn by Leonardo da Vinci
What of the lesbians? The print -- a perfect example of Japanese shunga art -- depicts a fisherman's wife deriving pleasure from a rather unique encounter with an octopus. This is yet another way in which the nude can be said to stereotype women. Histoire et description de ses tableaux et dessins, 5 volumes Antwerp: Venus and Cupids by Battista Dossi —