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What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed? Some people feel that the nude form is something that should be hidden away both in art and the artist's classroom. Although this may seem at first like a mere annoyance, such people frequently attempt to stop others from viewing or learning from the human form, thereby infringing on their rights to create and consume art as they wish.

On the ARC website there are countless paintings and sculptures featuring nude figures.

From time to time, this anti-nudity theme pops up in the ARC website feedback and on the Good Art mailing list, normally starting because someone says something along the lines of "All of this would be wonderful if only you would hide or eliminate the presence of nudity on the site. I believe that one source of this sort of comment arises from a lack of understanding of how the best art is taught and created.

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All of the recommended art training programs promoted by ARC include nude figure drawing in the curriculum, and thus it has always been, back to the days of the ancient Greeks. In fact, it would be virtually impossible to teach someone how to draw accurate human anatomy without this essential tool. Even to depict a clothed figure one needs to fully understand the mechanics of what is underneath.

Drawing the nude figure is the only way to accomplish this, as is the practice of learning how to draw the bones and muscles beneath the skin. Educational issues aside, nude figures also offer important expressive tools to artists. They can show human beings in ways that are uniquely valuable. For one thing, expressions of nudes are the extreme opposite of expressions of figures wearing trench coats, hats, and dark sunglasses.

They also allow the artist to show people outside of a historical context if he wishes to do so. Put any kind of clothing on a person in a painting or a sculpture and you tie them down to a time when that kind of clothing was common or popular and apart from times when it wasn't. That said, at times the figures need to wear clothing due to the nature of what is being portrayed, yet the artist may still wish the message to be universal to all men of all times.

One way of doing this has been to dress the figures in a sheet or simple cloth which is often called classical garb which drapes the figures and feels like it could be taking place in the past present someone future. I like to call this placing the figures in the "ancient distant future". Using nudity the artist can show draw beings in a way that focuses the attention on the figure and not irrelevant matters like how their shirts are buttoned, how their skirts are being draped, How whether they are wearing the most stylish kind of hat.

The ability of the artist to focus attention on the important aspects of what is going on and to remove distractions from this subject of focus is a common reason for the choice of nude figures as well. Lastly, the human body can be a beautiful thing to contemplate and this can be a useful artistic tool in and of itself, just as flowers, sunsets, and mountains are similarly useful tools in the artist's toolkit.

And if the point of art is primarily to express ideas about the nature of humanity, man's role in the world then it would be natural to expect that the unadorned human form would be among the most powerful of those expressive tools and indeed it is. The reasons for these anti-nudity comments vary widely but they contain some common themes.

I have collected some of my thoughts on this subjects in this brief essay to stimulate further discussion and understanding. I'm sure it will stimulate some reactions, positive and negative, so don't be shy about contributing feedback whatever your point of view may be whether on the Good Art Forum or naked at feedback artrenewal.

What are the complaints? The folks who complain about nudity on art sites and in artist training do so for a variety of reasons, so it's worth examining and categorizing these complaints before responding to them. Ultimately, this is the premise of most of the complaints even if it isn't expressed quite this clearly and directly. This view then requires that we lock away any images that might stimulate sexual thoughts, including all nudity.

These complaints typically come from well-meaning people who like good art but who are worried about the impacts on their kids if they see nude bodies.

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It comes down to mostly the same kind of issue as the one above, but with the case of children needing special protection from sexual obsession. People differ about the age at which various kinds of images are appropriate for viewing by children of various ages, often with somewhat different rules for those before puberty versus after, but all are concerned for whatever reason with children below some particular age being exposed to artistic nudity.

This view really has two parts, first that nudity and sex are the same thing or highly related. By this view, any nude figure is inherently symbolic of sexual activities or thoughts. Second, that sex is bad, dirty, or shameful, and one ought to refrain from thinking of or engaging in sexual things. Thus, one ought to avoid looking at or creating works of art containing nudity. This is a similar idea to the one except that it equates all nude portrayals with pornography rather than sex per se. Presumably the idea is that pornography le to sexual obsession as in the first complaint above.

This is mostly a subset of the "sex is evil" argument, though one focused on a specific target, namely that sex between men and women is naked since How sexual role of males is "dominant" or just plain evil, and female nudes are just an example of male sexual oppression. These arguments are premised on the notion that all or nearly all interactions between people in society are part of a sexual power struggle between males and females and seen through this light, pretty much anything remotely sexual that goes on between men and women and pretty much anything non-sexual too for that matter involves male domination over females and this needs to be fought someone in a strongly emotional and determined way.

These complaints are sometimes accompanied by concerns over the ratio of male to female artists or models selected for inclusion on the site, and on occasion, these same people sometimes complain about male nudes on the grounds that they illustrate male sexual power and prowess which acts to suppress the freedom of women. Of course there are a great many religious traditions out there and some do have proscriptions against nudity and sexuality outside of certain approved circumstances. However, many religions and draws may find a large of non nudes objectionable for one reason or another as well.

This is typically a corollary of the religious objection, but it is particularly difficult since avoiding nudity in art is a lot easier if art isn't directly related to one's profession. How do I respond to these complaints?

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These groups can be broken down into that encompass all the comments described above:. I believe that this is simply false, at least for most normal people. If you look at circumstances where nudity is commonplace such as showers in gyms, nude figure drawing sessions in art schools, nude beaches, and primitive societies where public nudity is commonplace, you don't see a hyper-sexualized environment at all. Quite to the contrary, in these contexts nudity loses its sexual connotation entirely. On the other hand, in social situations where little or no exposure of the body is allowed such as certain Muslim countries today or 19th century Europe and America for example tame displays of the body such as exposing an ankle, a short sleeved shirt, or the ruffles of a petticoat might drive men into a sexual tizzy.

If anything, it would seem that sexual hypersensitivity and obsession is far more associated with a prudish approach to nudity than to one that makes it more commonplace. Of course one should be concerned about exposing children to sexually explicit materials before they are old enough to understand it, but what does this have to do with the kind of nudity on the ARC website and in other classically oriented museums around the globe?

Nothing that I can see. Sex and nudity are not the same thing.

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First, I think that adults tend to project their own intense interest in sexual matters onto children who in fact don't have such interests at all. Instead, they are more likely to have curiosity about whatever "forbidden fruit" it is that their parents seek to hide away from them. If an uncomfortable sexual situation arises, like dogs mating in public for examplethe situation is generally far more uncomfortable for the adults who are worried about being asked embarrassing questions, than for the kids who are just mildly curious about what's going on rather than blushing and becoming upset.

Likewise, it is generally parents rather than children who typically have the bouts of anxiety associated with discussing where babies come from.

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While many of the concerns of parents in western society derive from Freud's research and mostly discredited theories on the impact of nudity on young developing minds, it would be well beyond the scope of this article to launch into their accuracy and impact. Suffice it to say that such a discussion might well be excellent material for a possible follow up article and discussion.

Second, if parents want to avoid giving their kids a psychological obsession related to sex or nudity they should avoid making a big deal out of such things, starting at an early age. I don't mean that they should take them to strip clubs or have them watch X-rated movies by any means, but they should also not make the opposite mistake of covering their eyes when they walk past an artistic nude in a museum, scolding or swatting a dog for copulating, or becoming freaked out if the child sees a couple holding hands or kissing passionately.

Children learn their early emotional responses to things by watching their parents, so if you want to avoid having them develop sexual obsessions or unduly negative attitudes about sex, the best medicine is to avoid acting in obsessive or negative ways yourself. Third, I think it is a mistake to associate nudity exclusively with sexual activity or sexual meaning. A nude can be highly sexual or not at all sexual, just as a clothed figure can be highly alluring or non-sexual as well.

For example, these artworks include nude figures even though they are not charged with sexual meaning:. But this fully clothed figure is considerably more sexually explicit in its meaning despite being completely clothed from the neck down:. Sexual meaning has a lot more to do with the treatment of the figures than it does with how much clothing they are wearing. There are problems with both of the points of view embodied in this complaint. The first is the idea that nudity and sex are the same thing, or perhaps more specifically, that a painting with nudity in it is expressing a sexual message.

That this is not the case seems so clear to me that it's hardly worth mentioning. Nudity certainly can be used in such a way as to highlight sexual thoughts but it need not do so at all or may do so only to a limited extent. There's a wide gulf between artistic nudes and pornography and it is wrong to impute to one the properties of the other. The second is that sex is something that is bad, dirty, or evil.

What is supposed to be so terrible about sex even if there is something of it involved in the meaning of a work of art? I can certainly see reasons to think that obsessive fascination with sexual things can be harmful but I think that's different from what is being criticized in these cases since that's not the sort of images on the ARC website. If anything, it is the folks who are obsessed with eliminating anything remotely sexual from the world who seem a bit too obsessive about the subject to me. Pornography involves the gross depiction of explicit sexual material entirely to stimulate a psychological sexual thrill.

Not all art works that include nude figures have anything to do with sex, and not all art that addresses sexual matters approaches the subject from a prurient point of view. Is there some art that does so?

Scott torrance

Sure, but we don't include such images on the ARC Museum. We do however include a fair of nude figures from the other. The bottom line is that there's no pornography on the ARC website.

A side question is whether adults viewing pornographic materials is harmful, per se. Viewed in moderation I don't see any great harm in it myself, though in the context of these websites it's not particularly relevant since there's nothing pornographic on the site. Does this mean that it is impossible for someone to become "hooked on pornography"? Of course not. That happens to people regardless of their exposure to nudity in art from what I can tell, and in fact, if anything, sexual repression and a prudish attitude toward nudity and sex are much more causally related to psychological problems of this kind than the availability of nude figures in art.

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Due to the popularity of life drawing classes I can't imagine what for?


Every Sunday morning, I take a brisk walk to Georgetown and draw naked people for three hours.


It's one of those things on TV shows and movies that make me wonder if it actually happens in real life.