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The female nude emerged as a genre in the Renaissance.
Explore the complex power dynamics of images of the female body in the Renaissance
With her twisting, spiraling body, this beautiful sea nymph embodies the complexity of High Renaissance movement.
With her open mouth, tilted head, and soft flesh, Io exudes sensuality, giving herself up willingly to Jupiter.
That shell! That pose! That wind! So much in this painting seems impossible, not least its divine beauty.
Jupiter swoops down and brings Hercules to nurse at Juno’s breast. The milk that spurts up creates the Milky Way.
Who wouldn’t be at peace? Mars enters the realm of Venus, where the Three Graces dance and Flora strews blossoms.
Opposites attract? In this mythological love story, colors clash, bodies twist, and actions conflict.