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15 Sep 2017
Egyptian art reflected their religious, ordered society. The depiction of the human figure was influenced by religion and tradition.
Male aesthetics were glorified in the militaristic society. Aesthetics and function were appreciated and the male figure was idealised. Perfectionalism and naturalism in the society were reflected through the depiction of the human figure
Ancient Romans retained the appreciation of the human form from the Greeks. They reproduced classical Greek works and spread them as the Roman empire grew.
The human figure saw extreme religious influences during this period. As the catholic church gained power, classical notions of the figure faded. Nudity was denounced as the church deemed it sinful.
The Renaissance period saw a reintroduction of classicism values. The human figure and its beauty was appreciated once again. Artists were breaking free from the strict 'rules' imposed by the church.
Baroque art explored the connection between God and the human figure. Baroque art was commissioned by the church and monarchy as a testament to their power. The ornamented nude emphasized the divinity of the human figure
As the west became industrialised, aspirations among the citizens were changing. Advancements in science and technology undermined the absolute power of the monarchy. The nude was used as a tool to convey ideas of rationalism, freedom and liberty.
20th Century artwork reflected the worldly events happening. The birth of new movements such as Dada, Fauvism and Cubism resulted in different depictions of the human form.
Performance art redefined the purpose of the body in art. The body was used as a canvas as the performer interacts with the audience.
Greek Classical and Hellenistic
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