Why do people still have such a hard time accepting art depicting the human body?

Artists have been depicting the naked body for quite some time. As the Metropolitan Museum of Art puts it, this is perfectly natural, given the fact that humans spend a lot of their time without clothes, “from birth to the bath to the boudoir.” Yet, after centuries of ogling the nude body on canvas or as sculpture, audiences still have a hard time talking about what they’re seeing.

Your Definitive Guide To Reading A Piece Of Nude Art: How to talk about nudity in art without sounding prudish or pervy.” by Katherine Brooks was originally published on Huffington Post.

Photo of “The Fragile” by Louise Bourgeois courtesy of Sotheby’s


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