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(Above photo - Classical Nude Male Statue Bronze Italian Casting )
Are you looking for a bronze male nude? You can find bronze male nude figurines in different poses and from various artists. They showcase the naked bodies of adult men in a raw display of masculinity. Bit where did the male nude bronzes originate? In this article, we discuss a brief history of male nudity in western art. Read on for more information!
Above photo - Classical Male Nude Statue Bronze Casting Naked Man
The male nude bronze was first featured in Western Art through the Greeks’ depiction of the athletic man because Greek culture celebrated the human body through religious festivals and athletic competitions. Athletes often stripped naked showcase the “embodiment of humanity's best” during these competitions. Thus, the Greeks associated the nude male figure with glory, triumph, and moral excellence. Inevitably, these values ended up defining bronze male nude statues in Greek sculpture.
It was not uncommon to find images of nude male athletes in sanctuaries with athletic-looking statues portraying the heroes and gods of Greek religion. The sculptors sought to celebrate the ideal male geometric proportion, youthfulness, and health but not the physicality of the nude individual. Thus, they created bronze male nudes to appeal to the mind and not the senses.
(Above photo - Classical Bronze Roman Athlete Statue - Grand Tour Nude Figurine )
Ancient Roman artists soon created imitations of Greek male nudes, which they considered perfect. However, instead of promoting Greek athletes and Gods, they used the art form to encourage Roman interests and power. Instead of depicting nude emperors, which wouldn’t have appealed to barbarian tribespeople, they sculpted tall, imposing soldiers. Unlike the Greeks, who had idealized nudity, the Romans used military and political imagery exuding gravitas and realism.
In medieval times, the male nude represented the origin of sin as defined in the Bible. It also symbolized the pagan religion that had defined Greek and Roman antiquity. At that time, people were embarrassed about nudity rather than celebrating it. Thus, instead of antiquity’s athletic male figures, they depicted slender, slight bodies emphasizing naturalism.
Nudity in art carried on into the renaissance Europe resulting from archaeologists discovering ancient artifacts and statues. That brought back the toned, naturalistic naked man of Ancient Greece and Rome. However, renaissance naturalism experienced a tremendous shift in thinking with emphasis on “being human” instead of life on earth as a prologue of the afterlife. Thus, the humanistic movement brought about an entirely new appreciation of a man’s body.
(Above photo - Bronze Nude David Statue - Classical Figurine )
Baroque nudity confined itself, to a large extent, to the mythological, figurative works of the past. A good example is the magnificent nude statue of Voltaire. In the 18th century Rococo period, nude sculptures depicted classical forms from ancient Greece and Rome. Mostly, artists used traditional poses when depicting these naked male figures. The neoclassical style carried on into the 19th century, leadingto a more intimate masculine style. Male nudity is still one of the most famous art styles in 20th-century art.
Bronze male nude art remains popular today, with collectors looking for antique as well as recently produced pieces. We have a comprehensive collection of these items in our store to help you pick one that befits your standing. Welcome!
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