The Barbie effect: Why female ancient Grecian-Roman nudes are inaccurate? – nikkidiscovers
Warning: If you find nudity offensive please skip reading this post. I enjoy annoying people from time to time but, I prefer doing it in person ha ha ha. All of them looked like Barbie the pubic area of every sculpture was smooth with no detail. I will provide a brief history of the female nude.
Heroic nudity or ideal nudity is a concept in classical scholarship to describe the un-realist use of nudity in classical sculpture to show figures who may be heroes , deities, or semi-divine beings. This convention began in Archaic and Classical Greece and continued in Hellenistic and Roman sculpture. The existence or place of the convention is the subject of scholarly argument. In ancient Greek art warriors on reliefs and painted vases were often shown as nude in combat, which was not in fact the Greek custom, and in other contexts. Idealized young men but not women were carved in kouros figures, and cult images in the temples of some male deities were nude.
This week, it seems that my classical friends wished me to learn a great deal about clothing—or lack thereof. I started off reading and then quickly consumed the splendid book by late antique historian Kristi Upson-Saia on Early Christian Dress Plug: now out in paperback! Sight was a powerful sense in antiquity, one that imbued clothing with an additional dimension. After Dr.