A-Level: Identity—Gender identity

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Kritios Boy
Kritios Boy

Following war with the Persians, this highly naturalistic sculpture was buried out of respect.

Polykleitos, <em>Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer)</em>
Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer)

For the ancient Greeks, the human body was perfect. Explore this example of the mathematical source of ideal beauty.

San Vitale and the <em>Justinian Mosaic</em>
San Vitale and the Justinian Mosaic

Gold, glass, and marble dazzle the eye in this 6th-century church. High above us, Emperor Justinian presides.

Donatello, <em>David</em>
Donatello, David

His nudity references classical antiquity, but David embodies the ideals and concerns of 15th-century Florence.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, <em>The Swing</em>
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing

What’s that dog yapping about? This mischievous woman throws caution—and her slipper—to the wind.

Michelangelo, <em>David</em>
Michelangelo, David

Where’s Goliath? David scans for his enemy. This colossal sculpture is itself a giant of 16th-century Renaissance art.

Titian, <em>Venus of Urbino</em>
Titian, Venus of Urbino

The female nude emerged as a genre in the Renaissance.

Barbara Kruger, <em>Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)</em>
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)

Kruger’s art is characterized by a visual wit sharpened in the trenches of the advertising world.

Sex, Power, and Violence in the Renaissance Nude
Sex, Power, and Violence in the Renaissance Nude

Explore the complex power dynamics of images of the female body in the Renaissance

Introduction to gender in renaissance Italy
Introduction to gender in renaissance Italy

Throughout Europe women’s relegation to the domestic sphere was rooted in Christian tradition that placed blame for humanity’s fall from grace upon Eve, the first woman.

Giorgione, <em>The Tempest</em>
Giorgione, The Tempest

In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.

<em>Crowned Nun Portrait of Sor María de Guadalupe</em>
Crowned Nun Portrait of Sor María de Guadalupe

The Conceptionists were founded for elite, pure-blooded Spanish women. This nun just took her vows.