While the naked model can be a great tool for the

study of art, the life drawi
ng group can potentially create
a stiff or clumsy figure. The model, after all, must hold
the same pose for hours. The
viewer may feel voyeuristic
while staring at pictures of the Academic male nude, for
the figure doesn’t return the gaze. There are many
surviving examples of academic male nude studies from
Distinct centuries, and different parts of the world.
Male Model Sitting on a Carton,
by Constantin Hansen is the
image that first inspired me to
Consider the function of the
male nude in western artwork.
Male Model
was painted in
1833 at the Royal Academy of Art.
The model appears
Fairly uncomfortable and stiff
in his pose, and yet provides
an appropriate challenge to th
e artist. Hansen has contained
details in the figure that ma
ke him stand out from the
painterly backdrop. Inte
resting to me is the lack of hair
on the model. Does the model’s lack of pubic hair, torso
hair, and armpit hair represen
t Hansen’s idealization of
the male figure, or is the model only relatively hairless?
While totally naked males models were
common in Europe, American
academies tended to have stricter
rules. In Jonathan Weinberg’s essay
Stripped Naked but not Exposed, the
Male Naked in American Art,
Writer shares an amusing story about
Thomas Eakins as a teacher at the
Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.
During a life drawing course in 1886,
Eakins ripped off the loincloth of the
male model though his students
included women. Eakins was fired,
but his Action demonstrates his
frustration surrounding the prudish
approach to the male body.
A year
Before, Eakins had painted
Swimming Hole
, based off a
Picture of his male Pupils
romping by a water hole. In the
Picture, the genitals of the fi
gures are visible, but in the
painting, Eakins obscures the dick either with
shadows, or by turning the bodies. It appears
Constantin Hansen,
Male Model
Sitting on a Box,
Oil on canvas, 30.48 x 22.86 cm,
ribe kunstmuseum, Ribe.
Thomas Eakins,
Swimming Hole, 1885.
Oil on canvas, 69.5 x
92.4 cm, Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
that Eakins became fed up with the charade and ev
entually shown his true feelings about the
absurdity of hiding the member be
hind shadows or loincloths.
How does the naked man make us feel?
In the forward to
Naked Guys from 1800 to the Present Day
, Austrian art historian Tobias G.
Natter recounts a comical narrative
episode involving Michelangelo’s
naturist .
Supposedly, Queen
Victoria was so shocked to see
such “a clear show of mother
le nudity” at the opening of the
Victoria & Albert Museum in L
ondon, the managers of the muse
um ordered a fig leaf to be
Cut over the stat
ue’s private parts.
Quite funny, right? The st
ory might seem ridiculous to us
Now because the male bare that we are accustomed
to is the classical Greek or Roman statue, or
the classical resurrection figures. We can
so readily accept classical styl
e images as art. They are as
palatable as an picture of the female nude. But im
agine being faced
with other music genres of
Nude guys. How do pictures of na
ked men make folks feel?
In society, there can be no doubt the bare male
is tighter, and brings
about different feelings
than the bare female. Beth A. Eck of James Ma
dison University conducted interviews with 45
Folks in order to better understand how heterose
xual girls and men react to bare pictures of
both genders. The participants of the study c
onsisted of 22 women, and 23 men, all around the
age of 37, and largely white and heterosexual. Eck
writes that the preponderance of female nudes has
influenced the way that both
Women and men perceive them.
To put it differently, because images of
naked women are so common in the West, we ha
ve the ethnic and societal intuition to
understand and discuss the nude female. For the
heterosexual man, an image of a naked woman
accepts his gaze, making the male audience feel
more manly. When girls see images of
the female naked, they get a lesson on the way a girl is supposed to look. Many of the
Girls that Eck interviewed compared their ow
n bodies to the bodies of the unclothed women.
Thus, women and men both feel comfortable with
images of nude females, although they react
The same cannot be said for the nude male. Eck
Clarifies that images of nude men are “less
Accessible for objectification.”
Even when heterosexual girls are given the chance to
“gaze” at pictures of nude guys, the writer fo
und that the viewers felt anxious, embarrassed,
Uneasy, uncertain, or found the images to be
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