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Explain how representations of the female nude changed from the Renaissance to the Modern era nineteenth and twentieth centuries Take into consideration the corresponding treatment of the male nude During the nineteenth century female nudes were depicted as a harem woman or odalisque Harem woman would usually be adorned in rich gems with connotations of sexuality Grande Odalisque a painting by Jean-Auguste Ingres 1814 well known in the 19th century for its anatomical inaccuracy and example of a stereotypical harem woman The woman lies with her body facing backwards and her head is looking over her shoulder as if she has seen someone or something She is completely nude except for the turban and jewels on her head She is lying in a bed that is covered in rich fabrics with jewels scattered around while holding a peacock feather fan The woman in the painting expressed the ideal harem woman during the nineteenth centuryAnother famous piece during the Renaissance era was The Venus of Urbinois a 1538 oil painting by the Italian master Titian The painting depicts a very feminine nude woman identified with the goddess of Venus The red roses give us the impression that she is Venus She is reclining on a bed exposing her breasts and vagina to its viewers Her eyes give us a warm welcoming feel that she is nearly attainable The dog is a symbol of fidelity also the casones in the background are represented as marriage chests It was very abnormal for these paintings to be painted in their unique setting at the time because women were usually depicted as biblical figures in high society portraits Their roles consisted of being a child bearer a keeper of the home and a good wife The female nude in the Renaissance era has evolved art through cubism expressionism and futurism in the Modern era We begin to see much more multi-colored wild expressive landscapes in these paintings A great
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