In that awestruck moment, you might not realise how influential these classical representations of the body have been for the perception of male gender throughout history, nor how damaging. The tradition of the nude in Western art originates from Ancient Greece, where the naked male body was celebrated throughout society and in artistic representations. Sculptors chose to honour their gods and warriors with nude statues, applying increasingly realistic human features. Statues became a convenient canvas for sculptors to explore the personality traits and ideal characteristics that the Greeks believed epitomised the male gender. Men, seen as the superior and canonical sex, were associated with power, strength and moral excellence. Gradually, the representation of the male body looking muscular, powerful, alert, balanced, and flawless developed to parallel Greek concepts.
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Photographs capture century-old scenes of male intimacy
Miss Rosen tells the story of George Platt Lynes, whose secret photographs were saved from destruction by the Kinsey Institute. Tales from another time The rest where destroyed by Lynes himself, just prior to his death. Lynes, on the other hand, recognised the work as the most important in his highly successful commercial and fine art career, a career that started by pure serendipity. Before attending Yale, his parents sent him to Paris in , where he quickly fell in with cafe society, spending time with Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Marc Chagall, writer Glenn Wescott and curator Monroe Wheeler with the last two men he would have a triangular love affair for more than a decade.