• Art
  • Published 1960

The nude : a study of ideal art

  title={The nude : a study of ideal art},
  author={Kenneth McKenzie Clark},
The author traces the history of the depiction of the human body from the earliest civilized times to the present day. Starting with the Greeks who used the nude to express certain fundamental human needs, such as the need for harmony and order (Apollo), and the need to sublimate desire (Venus), he shows how these types of bodily expression were revived in 15th-century Italy and given new urgency by Michelangelo, whose genius almost exhausted the possibilities of the male nude. The female body… CONTINUE READING