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Petites Luxures & Sophie Masson - Oeuf en porcelaine fine fait main, Petites Luxures

Petites Luxures & Sophie Masson - Oeuf en porcelaine fine fait main

Petites Luxures

Sculpture - 23 x 50 cm

$548

Torsions, Martic

Torsions

Martic

Sculpture - 69 x 40 x 25 cm

$7,559

Touch, Mirogi

Touch

Mirogi

Sculpture - 78 x 33 x 23 cm

$18,076

Petite Vénus bleue, Yves Klein

Petite Vénus bleue

Yves Klein

Sculpture - 6.2 x 2.4 x 0.1 cm

$8,764

Autoportrait de la série "Beyond me" n°583, Yousha Bashir

Autoportrait de la série "Beyond me" n°583

Yousha Bashir

Sculpture - 195 x 70 x 50 cm

$3,834

Tom, TimArt

Tom

TimArt

Sculpture - 68 x 47 x 20 cm

$986

Expansion (Third Life) w/electricity, The Metamorphosis, Paige Bradley

Expansion (Third Life) w/electricity, The Metamorphosis

Paige Bradley

Sculpture - 47 x 53.3 x 24.1 cm

$18,500

Maghiërin à la playa, Le Maghien

Maghiërin à la playa

Le Maghien

Sculpture - 20 x 25 x 17 cm

$4,546

Deux personnages "espagnols", Anne Cutzach

Deux personnages "espagnols"

Anne Cutzach

Sculpture - 180 x 80 x 50 cm

$3,725

There was always love, Adnan Dogan

There was always love

Adnan Dogan

Sculpture - 45 x 29 x 18 cm

$7,121

L'angelo Azzurro, Ottaviani

L'angelo Azzurro

Ottaviani

Sculpture - 40 x 15 x 12 cm

$2,848

Woman Combing her Hair (Mid-Century Modern Nude Sculpture), Ralph Hurst

Woman Combing her Hair (Mid-Century Modern Nude Sculpture)

Ralph Hurst

Sculpture - 41.9 x 35.6 x 20.3 cm

$2,460

Africa, A.N.K.

Africa

A.N.K.

Sculpture - 57 x 30 x 22 cm

$8,983

Myron-ton, Myron-tienne / One-armed discobolus, Hyttenhove

Myron-ton, Myron-tienne / One-armed discobolus

Hyttenhove

Sculpture - 22 x 15 x 5 cm

$1,742

N°1212 From the collection Dreamless, Hossein Azadi

N°1212 From the collection Dreamless

Hossein Azadi

Sculpture - 60 x 60 x 60 cm

$1,643

Noeud, Tasic

Noeud

Tasic

Sculpture - 82 x 40 x 10 cm

$5,478

Nude Sculpture for Sale

In a similar way to animal or abstract sculpture, nude sculpture is a distinct art genre that depicts humans figures unclothed. Nonetheless, traditional nude figures were often partially clothed with cleverly placed drapery with their genitals covered. Nude art does not necessarily translate as a representation of sheer nakedness and a complete absence of clothing but it does need to have a marked interested in portraying the human body.

Although nude art was only recognized by art critics as a genre of its own in the 20th century, it is one of the oldest forms of art known to date. Made in 24000 BCE, the Venus of Willendorf is an early example of nude sculpture. The fact that it is not a realistic representation of the female figure is irrelevant. The exaggerated chest and stomach may allude to a certain feminine beauty ideal or may be interpreted as symbols of fertility.

In Europe and the Middle East, a nude artistic tradition started to develop. Egyptian and Greco-Roman sculptures are certainly some of the most memorable works from this period of art history, many of which can be seen today at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Greek nudes first started to emerge during the 6th century BCE and focused essentially on portraying a certain ideal standard of beauty. Gods, heroes and athletes were all favorite subject choices for sculptors who sometimes depicted them on a monumental scale.

Throughout art history, the nude has been used to symbolize the canons of beauty of a particular period. In contrast to the Venus of Willendorf, the figures represented in Greek marble sculptures are a much more realistic representation of the proportions of the human body. However, they still adhere to rather strict artistic codes about human representation and the notion of the ideal body. The sculptures continued to depict an ideal standard of beauty, albeit one based more closely on true human nature.

The Roman Empire soon developed a taste for nude sculpture and began a long tradition of copying Greek sculptures for mainly decorative purposes. For quite some time after, the rising influence of Christianity brought the development of nude sculpture to a standstill. It wasn't until the Italian Renaissance that nude sculpture became a prestigious art form once again. Artists began to rediscover a form of artistic expression that allowed them to interpret beauty and glorify mankind.

Famous artists such as Bernini, Benvenuto Cellini or Michelangelo often chose mythological or biblical subjects as a pretext to study and explore human anatomy, creating as a result some of the most important masterpieces of Western art.

Their works contributed to the creation of a canon that dominated the artistic scene until the end of the 19th century when a new wave of sculptors announced the advent of modern art, a movement that was no longer interested in representing the model realistically but was more concerned about the expressive meaning of the work. The work of Auguste Rodin and of Alberto Giacometti are notable examples of the break away from realistic neoclassical nude sculpture.

To get a better idea of current trends in nude sculpture, have a look at the works of contemporary artists such as Sylvie Berry, Jean-François Lemaire and Cade.

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What are the three main styles of sculpture?

The three main styles of sculpture are architectural, carvings, and reliefs. Carvings are sculptures created by carving into a material, and reliefs are sculptures where the sculpted components are bonded to a backing material. 

Why did Renaissance artists use nudity?

Renaissance artists frequently represented the nude body in their work due to influence from the classical sculptures created in ancient Greece. Artists studied in depth from live models, aiming to create realistic, dynamic and mostly idealized representations of the human body.

Who made the first female nude sculpture?

One of the first known examples of a sculpture representing a female nude figure is Aphrodite of Knidos, a sculpture of the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite. The sculpture was made around the 4th century BC by renowned sculptor Praxiteles of Athens.