Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Nude Portrait

category a.1) sitting, hands in lap

1. Matteo Montanari
2. Alasdair McLellan
3. Johnny Angel by Pat Milo, 1960s

category a.2) lying, body twisted

1. Karl Lagerfeld
2. Willy Vanderperre
3. Cody Chandler

category a.3) standing, side view

1. Alasdair McLellan
2. Sølve Sundsbø
3. Herb Ritts

category b) back view, arms flexing

1-3. Robert Mapplethorpe

category c.1) standing, left arm up

1. David by Michelangelo, 1501-1504
2. David Gandy by Mariano Vivanco
3. Tony Ward by Mariano Vivanco

category c.2) frontal, arms (almost) down

1. Alasdair McLellan
2. Bruce Weber
3. Iggy Pop by Gerard Malanga, 1971

When does a portrait define as a nude portrait? Category a) reveals nothing at all, category b) features a bare butt cheek, while categgory c) reveals primary sexual characteristics. Covered or full frontal, all images provoke the illusion of touch. One criterion for the nude portrait.

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