The nude figure is a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of beauty and other human qualities. It was central in Ancient Greek art, and a central position in Western. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. In one sense, a nude is a work of fine art that has as its primary subject the unclothed human body. LEGACY ARTWORKS
Spartacus (c. 111–71 BC) was a Thracian gladiator who was one of the escaped slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the war, and surviving historical accounts are sometimes contradictory and may not always be reliable. However, all sources agree that he was a former gladiator and an accomplished military leader.
This rebellion, interpreted by some as an example of oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a slave-owning oligarchy, has provided inspiration for many political thinkers, and has been featured in literature, television, and film. Although this interpretation is not specifically contradicted by classical historians, no historical account mentions that the goal was to end slavery in the Republic.
Richard C. Miller (1912-2010)
Jean Simmons and Kirk Douglas filming the nude river scene in Spartacus
Spartacus is also a 1960 American epic historical drama film and stars Kirk Douglas in the title role.
Spartacus forms a quiet relationship with a serving woman named Varinia (Jean Simmons), whom he refuses to rape when she is sent to "entertain" him in his cell. Spartacus and Varinia are subsequently forced to endure numerous humiliations for defying the conditions of servitude.
The gladiators overwhelm their guards and escape into the Italian countryside. Spartacus is elected chief of the fugitives and decides to lead them out of Italy and back to their homes. More on the Spartacus film
Richard C. Miller (1912-2010)
Jean Simmons and Kirk Douglas filming the nude river scene in Spartacus
Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE (Order of the British Empire), (31 January 1929 – 22 January 2010) was an English actress and singer. One of J. Arthur Rank's "well-spoken young starlets", she appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those made in Great Britain during and after the Second World War, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950 onwards.
Simmons was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Hamlet , and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Guys and Dolls. Other notable film appearances included Young Bess, The Robe, Elmer Gantry, Spartacus (Her last big movie was Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus), and The Happy Ending, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won an Emmy Award for the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds. More on Jean Simmons
Richard C. Miller (1912-2010) Jean Simmons and Kirk Douglas filming the nude river scene in Spartacus
Richard C. Miller (1912-2010) is known for his iconic photographs of Norma Jeane Dougherty (Marilyn Monroe) and James Dean. He photographed many of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Dick also documented the construction of the Los Angeles freeways. He was a close friend of the photographer Brett Weston and photographed Brett and his father, Edward Weston.
Dick is also known for his use of the carbro process to make vivid archival carbro images.
His work is part of the permanent collection of the Getty Museum and has been exhibited at that museum. It has also been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and at private galleries. His photographs appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine, Time magazine and others. More on Richard C. Miller
Jean Simmons takes a smoke break on the set of Spartacus
Walter Bird (1903–1969) was a British photographer. He became known for his images of nudes and jointly set up a studio, Photo Centre Ltd., with John Everard and Horace Roye in 1939. From 1958 he was chief photographer for J. Russell & Sons, eventually purchasing the business in 1961. From 1958 to 1967 he was the official photographer for the National Photographic Record, initiated by the National Portrait Gallery to record important and influential citizens. He was a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Early in his career Bird worked mostly on advertising commissions and portraits that were published in periodicals such as Theatre World and Tatler. He became famous for his images of nudes and was a rival of the photographers John Everard and Horace Roye. As the intense competition was harming their business, they eventually decided to cooperate instead, which led to them in 1939 setting up a joint company called Photo Centre Ltd. When Walter Stoneman died in 1958 Bird took over his position as chief photographer for J. Russell & Sons, purchasing the business in 1961. Bird superseded Stoneman as the official photographer for the National Photographic Record, initiated by the National Portrait Gallery in 1917 to record important and influential citizens. He was elected a member of the Royal Photographic Society in 1936, gained his Associate in 1937 and Fellowship in 1948. He held a one-man show of his work at the Society's house at 16 Princes Gate. He remained a member until his death on 4 March 1969. More on Walter Bird
Patricia Carola Velásquez Semprún (born 31 January 1971) is a Venezuelan actress and model.
In 1989, she participated in the Miss Venezuela 1989, where she placed as 2nd runner-up. After 3 years of Engineering college studies, Velásquez left for Milan, Italy, in pursuit of a modelling career.
From 1995 to 2000 she studied acting in Los Angeles and New York. She paced down runways in ready-to-wear fashions. This led to a large number of further modeling engagements, which ultimately culminated in her being ranked No. 45 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001 and No. 16 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" poll in 2002.
Velasquez was appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace (Good will Ambassador) in June 2003, in the context of the International Decade for the World’s Indigenous People. She received the “Women Together” award at the United Nations on 2009. In 2015, LA Femme Film festival gave Velasquez their Humanitarian Award. On August 30th 2018 the Organization of American States (OAS) appointed Velasquez as Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. More on Patricia Velásquez Sante D'Orazio is an American photographer. Sante D’Orazio typified an era. From the moment Andy Warhol gave the Brooklyn-born photographer his first job, D’Orazio became somewhat of a poster-child for the hedonistic fashion world of the late 1980s and early 1990s. D’Orazio was part of a generation of photographers whose highly stylised, hyper-sensual imagery captured the pulse of their bullish time. In the early 1990s, when photographers like Corinne Day ushered in the grunge era in magazines and advertising campaigns, Sante D’Orazio found demand for his glossy work in Hollywood, where he shot the likes of Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and Keith Richards. “My pictures were more sensual and glamorous and the whole grunge movement and all that was just not my cup of tea. That is what dissuaded me from continuing to work in the fashion field because I just didn’t see women that way.” More on Sante D'Orazio
“I wanted to begin not with characters or ideas, but with movements . . .I wanted significant movement. I did not want it to be beautiful or fluid. I wanted it to be fraught with inner meaning, with excitement and surge.”
Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her style, the Graham technique, reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.
She danced and taught for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, in the 1994 documentary The Dancer Revealed, "I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable." More on Martha Graham
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Imogen Cunningham (April 12, 1883 – June 23, 1976) was
an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and
industrial landscapes. Cunningham was a member of the California-based Group
f/64, known for its dedication to the sharp-focus rendition of simple subjects.
It was not
until 1906, while studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, that she
was inspired to take up photography again by an encounter with the work of
Gertrude Käsebier. With the help of her chemistry professor, Horace Byers, she
began to study the chemistry behind photography and she subsidized her tuition
by photographing plants for the botany department.
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Cunningham went to work for Edward S. Curtis in his Seattle studio, gaining
knowledge about the portrait business and practical photography. She worked on
his project of documenting American Indian tribes for the book The North
Cunningham was awarded the Pi Beta Phi Graduate Fellowship. Using this
fellowship, Cunningham traveled to Germany to study with Professor Robert
Luther at the Technische Hochschule in Dresden, Germany. In May 1910, she
finished her paper describing her process to increase printing speed, improve
clarity of highlights tones, and produce sepia tones.
Seattle, Cunningham opened a studio and won acclaim for portraiture and
pictorial work. She became a sought-after photographer and exhibited at the
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1913. In 1914, Cunningham's
portraits were shown at An International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography in
New York. Wilson's Photographic Magazine published a portfolio of her work.
1940s, Cunningham turned to documentary street photography. In 1945, Cunningham
was invited by Ansel Adams to accept a position as a faculty member for the art
photography department at the California School of Fine Arts.
continued to take photographs until shortly before her death at age 93, on June
23, 1976, in San Francisco, California.
Her pastels are a curious mix of coy, girlish innocence and saccharine sensuality. In many of her pastels, Cumbrae Stewart has taken on the stereotype of the passive female nude and has attempted to rework it within her own sensibility… Virtually her entire oeuvre is devoted to the nude, and she was aware that her dainty, wanton pastels may have breached public taste, not only in subject but because their creator was a woman. She altered her hyphenated name, and exhibited and signed her name Cumbrae-Stewart, as countless women artists have done to 'protect' their sex from a judgemental public. More on this painting
Janet Agnes Cumbrae Stewart, (1883 - 1960)
By the Lakeside
53.9 x 36.8 cm
Janet Agnes Cumbrae Stewart (23 December 1883 – 8 September 1960) was an Australian painter. She spent the 1920s and 1930s painting in Britain, France and Italy. She was a member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. Cumbrae-Stewart was born in Melbourne, Australia on 23 December 1883. From 1901 though 1907 Cumbrae-Stewart studied at the Melbourne National Gallery School, where she was taught by Lindsay Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin. From 1909 through 1919 she exhibited with the Victorian Artists Society. In 1922 she left Australia and spent the next decades painting and exhibiting in Europe. Cumbrae-Stewart died 8 September 1960 in Melbourne. More on Cumbrae-Stewart
Helmut Newton (Australian/German, 1920–2004) Title:
Big Nude XV: Raquel Hands on Forehead, Nice, c. 1993
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47 x 37.2 cm. (18.5 x 14.6 in.)
Raquel Welch (born Jo Raquel Tejada; September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They lent her contract to a British studio, for whom she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). She had only three lines in the film, yet images of her in the doe-skin bikini which she wore became best-selling posters that turned her into a celebrity sex symbol. She later starred in notable films including Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970). She made several television variety specials.
Welch's unique persona on film made her into an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. She carved out a place in movie history portraying strong female characters and breaking the mold of the submissive sex symbol. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 1974 for her performance in The Three Musketeers. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Film for her performance in the film Right to Die (1987). In 1995, Welch was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History". Playboy ranked Welch No. 3 on their "100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century" list. In 2011, Men's Health ranked her No. 2 in its "Hottest Women of All Time" list. More on Raquel Welch Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter; 31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004) was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications." More on Helmut Newton
Sante D'Orazio, American, b. 1956
Tahnee Welch, Amagansett, N.Y., c. 1993
Vintage gelatin silver print
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)
Latanne Rene Welch (born December 26, 1961), known as Tahnee Welch. She was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of actress Raquel Welch and her first husband, James Welch. She appeared in a 1967 photo with her mother in Ladies' Home Journal.
Her film career began in Italy starring opposite Virna Lisi. Returning to the U.S. she starred in Ron Howard's Cocoon and its sequel, Cocoon: The Return, in which she portrayed a beautiful alien. Returning to Europe she continued working mostly in Italian and German film and television productions. She has also appeared in American independent pictures I Shot Andy Warhol, Sue, and Search and Destroy. She also portrayed the role of Catherine Powell in the 1996 video game Ripper.
Welch posed for a nude pictorial in the November 1995 edition of Playboy as well as posing in a handbra on its cover. Welch appeared in American Vogue, Italian Vogue, British GQ, Interview, French Marie Claire, Italian Moda, and German Bunte magazines. More on Tahnee Welch
Sante D'Orazio (American, b. January 23, 1956) is
a Modern photographer who was born in Brooklyn, NY. His interest in art began
while studying fine arts at Brooklyn College. He also studied photography with
Lou Bernstein (American, 1911–2005), a member of The New York Photo League, and
worked under Philip Pearlstein (American, b.1924), an American Contemporary
painter, from 1979 to 1980.
began his career working for Italian Vogue in 1981, and was eventually noticed
by Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. This led to a surplus of work involving
renowned fashion magazines and business-related clients. His work revolves
around a world of alluring celebrities in various stages of undres.
His pictures have been published in books and put on
display in both the United States and Europe. Though D'orazio was raised as a
Catholic, his photographs typically showcase nude actresses and supermodels,
and their overall tone explores sensuality and fame in present-day
society. More on Sante
"Sedona , AZ last summer , the lighting was so magical,so I took a picture went back to our hotel & painted this little one in watercolor." Maher Morcos
Maher Morcos. From his evocative illumination of the female form, to the enchanting imagery of North America , Europe and the exotic mystery of the Middle East, resulting in the greatest masterpieces of our time... He holds two degrees. One in fine arts, and a degree in architecture. The Artist has also pursued his passionate dream of becoming an accomplished saxophone player. Morcos has been widely published; won innumerable awards, and is represented in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world. He has clearly earned his position amongst the worlds most accomplished artists. More on Maher Morcos