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Nude Painting Or Bodyart

By P Chong Nude painting has come a long way since my college days in 1959/60 when I first set my eyes on the “Naked Maja” by Francesco Goya (1746-1828), the famous Spanish painter. Known in Spanish as “a maja desnuda”, it is an an oil canvas painting portraying a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows. It was executed some time between 1797 and 1800, and is sometimes said to be the first clear depiction of female pubic hair in a large Western painting. The painting is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. As can be seen from the above picture, the beauty & physical attributes of the model (whoever she was) are somewhat of a different standard from the present norm. I am not an artist, but I notice that nude painting has evolved into a bodyart form. Not content to just presenting & displaying nude paintings on canvases, artists have developed an art on nude female bodies. From my previous article “Flashing Feminine Wares For Masculine Stare & Dare!” (9 …