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Nude Men from 1800 to Today - Photos Online from Leopold Museum

By Staff
Feb 19, 2013
Nude Men from 1800 to Today on Display

The "Nude Men from 1800 to Today" tour is an exhibit of 300 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures focused on the bare male and has been called "a goose-bump-raising instance of life imitating art."

Indeed.

Leopold Museum.org reveals several photos and this short explanation of the exhibition:

"Previous exhibitions on the theme of nudity have mostly been limited to female nudes. With the presentation “naked men” in the autumn of 2012 the Leopold Museum will be showing a long overdue exhibition on the diverse and changing depictions of naked men from 1800 to the present.

Thanks to loans from all over Europe, the exhibition “naked men” will offer an unprecedented overview of the depiction of male nudes.

Starting with the period of Enlightenment in the 18th century, the presentation will focus mainly on the time around 1800, on tendencies of Salon Art, as well as on art around 1900 and after 1945.

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At the same time, the exhibition will also feature important reference works from ancient Egypt, examples of Greek vase painting and works from the Renaissance. Spanning two centuries, the presentation will show different artistic approaches to the subject, competing ideas of the ideal male model as well as changes in the concept of beauty, body image and values."

See all the pics here and unless you convince co-workers it is art the photos are likely NSFW.

The Detroit News reveals that the "Leopold was forced into cover-up mode last year after complaints over promotional posters plastered city-wide that showed three young and athletic men of different races wearing nothing but blue, white and red socks and soccer boots."

They finally used tape to cover the body parts that caused offense to some.

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