#nudes

Erotica

Body Positivity in Art: Paintings That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Body

If you happen to feel negative about your body size, your weight, or your shape from time to time (or at all times, like me), then have a look at...

Magda Michalska 20 April 2021

Women Artists

Pan Yuliang: The Queen of Self-Portraits

Pan Yuliang’s works are a celebration of her Chinese heritage and feminine selfhood. Born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province as Chen Xiuqing Pan...

Anuradha Sroha 20 March 2021

Erotica

One with Nature: Nude Paintings in Natural Settings

Depictions of the nude figurative form is a time-honored artistic tradition dating back to antiquity. Depending on the period in question, the...

Maya Tola 4 January 2021

The Pros and Cons of Maggie Hambling’s Mary Wollstonecraft

Maggie Hambling CBE (b. 1945) is a British artist who is rarely seen without a cigarette. She paints beautiful land and seascapes, has several...

Isla Phillips 21 December 2020

Artist Stories

The History of Amedeo Modigliani’s Portraits

Amedeo Modigliani painted so many portraits of women – especially nude ones – that people began to see him as a reckless...

Pola Otterstein 14 August 2020

Erotica

Best Male Nudes in Art History (NSFW!)

Nudity in art first became significant in ancient Greece. The athletic competitions at religious festivals celebrated the male body as an embodiment...

Anuradha Sroha 18 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Caravaggio, Amor Vincit Omnia

This young Cupid, recklessly painted by Caravaggio, follows Virgil’s saying amor vincit omnia (love conquers all). He triumphs over science,...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 June 2020

Bizarre

The Intriguing Tale of Shocking Sheela Na Gig and Its Art References

Everyone remembers their first sighting of a Sheela Na Gig. Wandering around an old church, breathing in the architecture, the history, the silence.

Candy Bedworth 29 May 2020

Erotica

Female Nude Codes in Painting From Giorgione’s Venus to Odalisques and Olympias

Museums are filled with paintings of nude women. It is a very codified practice that has changed over the ages. Giorgione's Sleeping Venus inspired...

Maia Heguiaphal 5 May 2020

Erotica

The Scandalous Nudes of Gustave Courbet

In the 19th century, French painter and rebel Gustave Courbet generated outrage with his scandalous nudes. What exactly was so scandalous...

Kelly Hill 1 May 2020

Erotica

Movember Edition of Male Nudes

It’s this time of year, November is a month of campaigning for raising awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s...

Magda Michalska 15 November 2018

Artist Stories

The Pornographic World of Egon Schiele’s Nudes (18+)

Egon Schiele's nudes can challenge us and our preconceptions of the artistic tradition of the "nude". He didn't paint or draw idealised goddesses. He...

Zuzanna Stańska 12 August 2016