Saint Sebastian was a favourite subject — but it was not only men who were inflamed by his form. This one painting has for five centuries stood as the unquestionable symbol of the Italian Renaissance nude. I consider it to be unfortunate that it was not included in the exhibition. Latest Tweets Tweets by CulturalWeekly. This show ripples with such barely concealed eroticism, you just might need a cold shower after. Depicting nude figures in art is generally linked to the rise in interest in Antiquity.
Italian Mannerist painter Bronzino is best known for his portraits he was a court painter for the Medici family but he also turned his hand to religious subjects. RA Exhibitions 3 months ago. Follow us Follow us Like us Follow us Subscribe. Leda was one of the women who resisted Zeus so he had to transform into a swan to be with her. Nobody is wearing clothes or grape leaves or anything to hide their bodies and it looks like there might be some naughty touching going on and possibly more.
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This scene was of interest to Titian, and to a number of other artists working in different media, as it had been depicted by the most famous painter of antiquity, Apelles, in the 4th century BC. All exhibitions with a clear limiting focus that allows close examination. Thanks for subscribing! Jean Fouquet French, born about —, died before Virgin and Child, about — Oil on oak panel Unframed: Agnolo Bronzino, Saint Sebastian, c.
In richly modulated black inks, the German genius transforms pagan sculptures of Apollo and Venus into a riveting image of the biblical pair. Sebastian is not naked so much as nearly nude. The Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci — made this drawing in about , showing an idealized male figure inscribed within a circle and a square. And those are just the patrons. Start your free trial. Jill Burke is a prize-winning researcher in Italian Renaissance art history, senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and associate editor of Renaissance Studies.