Title

Body Concepts and the Lack of Female Nudity in Classical Greek Sculpture

Presenting Author Name/s

Dominick Rosnato

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jared Benton

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

There is an absence of the female nude among the statuary of ancient Greece in the classical period. Previous scholars have focused mostly on philosophical and moralistic explanations for the absence of idealized female nudity, failing to address the sexual mores and proclivities of the patrons of this art.This paper argues that the prevailing homo-erotic desires of the patronage of this period commissioned highly erotic statuary for the aggrandizement of their personal erotic tastes and desires.

Session Title

Art History 2 Presentations

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

3-2-2018 10:15 AM

End Date

3-2-2018 10:15 AM

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Body Concepts and the Lack of Female Nudity in Classical Greek Sculpture

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

There is an absence of the female nude among the statuary of ancient Greece in the classical period. Previous scholars have focused mostly on philosophical and moralistic explanations for the absence of idealized female nudity, failing to address the sexual mores and proclivities of the patrons of this art.This paper argues that the prevailing homo-erotic desires of the patronage of this period commissioned highly erotic statuary for the aggrandizement of their personal erotic tastes and desires.