By Artspace Editors. Historically made to embody strength, power, and virility, the male nude can also evoke beauty, vulnerability, and sexual intrigue. As we discussed with the photography critic Philip Gefter , these images of the body have the potential to challenge taboos around male eroticism and identity , paving the way for future explorations of what it means to be male. This list, excerpted from Phaidon 's new book Body of Art , includes examples from monumental 17th century chalk drawings and Enlightenment-era scientific models to contemporary hyperrealistic sculptures—all proudly owning their nakedness.
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Care home welcomes naked male model after residents request a nude drawing class
The quality of these paintings when finished will vary widely but the naked man says, "I have been really surprised by how well some of them do. His name is Jonathan Miller, and, a few minutes before he took off his clothes and began to pose, he was saying: "The first time I did this, I will admit, was nerve-wracking. But now, after doing it 15, 20 times, it's a lot easier. I am just being part of a fun evening in a creative and light-hearted place.
Residents at Sherwood Grange, a care home that provides full-time residential and dementia care, in Kingston Vale, London, were more interested in another hobby. The home allows residents to take up any activities they fancy — so when they requested the opportunity to draw a nude model, the care team immediately set to work to organise one, even asking the budding artists what type of model they would like. Some have already been on a sketching trip in France and taken part in watercolour painting at the home and at the nearby Dorich House Museum but they wanted a new challenge.