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and even when glorified in heaven, to allow him to display the wounds his sufferings had involved.

The first realistic sculptures of nude males, the kouroi depict nude youths who stand rigidly posed with one foot forward.

By the 5th century BCE, Greek sculptors' mastery of anatomy resulted in greater naturalness and more varied poses.

In the mid-fourth century BC, the sculptor Praxiteles made a nude Aphrodite, called the Knidian, which established a new tradition for the female nude, having idealized proportions based on mathematical ratios as were the nude male statues.

The nudes of Greco-Roman art are conceptually perfected ideal persons, each one a vision of health, youth, geometric clarity, and organic equilibrium.

Michelangelo's suspiciously boyish Study of a Kneeling Nude Girl for The Entombment (Louvre, c.

1500), which is usually said to be the first nude female figure study, predates this and is an example of how even figures who would be shown clothed in the final work were often worked out in nude studies, so that the form under the clothing was understood.

forming a subject genre of art, in the same way as landscapes and still life.

Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting, including allegorical and religious art, portraiture, or the decorative arts.

By the late medieval period female nudes intended to be attractive edged back into art, especially in the relatively private medium of the illuminated manuscript, and in classical contexts such as the Signs of the Zodiac and illustrations to Ovid.

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