Artibus et Historiae no. 26 (XIII)

1992, ISSN 0391-9064

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JOANNE G. BERNSTEIN - The Female Model and the Renaissance Nude: Dürer, Giorgione, and Raphael

Explored here are the literary and visual sources for life study of the nude female model in the Renaissance. Based on the evidence provided by works by Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Giorgione, Raphael, Lorenzo Lotto, Benvenuto Cellini, and others, it is proposed that the new studio practice only became widespread between 1490 and 1520. It was linked to the contemporaneous emergence in European art of certain kinds of life-like images of nude and partially nude women rooted in issues of sexuality and gender.

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