Even Michelangelo had to work at it.
this is the exact same statue Rubens drew
|two more . . .|
academic modelstudies from the Atelier
of the Master Jacques Louis David1814
|a Little sidestep|
The weird thing is that almost every
This art-education system goes on till this day and only gay-lib and women's-lib are starting to change things in some places.
|Now I have been posing quite a bit for art classes in my younger years. Not because I needed the pay, which was almost nothing, but my exhibitionist nature was instrumental here. What I noticed was that most students tended not to put any effort in drawing the genitals correct and most made my dick smaller than it was. I'm not bragging here. I know I'm not Jeff Stryker, but pleez, I was not 10 years old back then either! Unfortunately (¿) no drawings remain to prove the point.|
4 works from when classic studies were at their peak:
above Diogène-Eugene-Napoléon Maillard a half figure made as part of his education at the ecole nationale superieure des Beaux Atts in Paris, 1864
right:sketch by Louis-Leopold Boilly, around 1798
not everybody complained that art education was a men's world
|and it is no child's play either: The past century serious study of the craft of depicting man has been ridiculed and degraded, but it still ranks amongst the most noble things one can undertake in a life and claims back the space of stature it had during the century before, when photogtaphy had not stirred things up|
right is the center court of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and next to that
Hermes with baby Dionysus by Praxiteles
|In the 19th century drawing the maked human body stood central at academies, with the french education system as blueprinty for the rest of Europe. Students started off drawing copied classic statues as from those the ideals of beauty were derived. Only if they were skilled in that adequately they could proceed to the nex t level: drawing live models. They were almost exclusively male, because no females were allowed at the École des Beaux-Arts; not as students nor for anything else. And who are we to complain about that.
It is hard to stay chronological in this story, as there are considerable periods where the church released the reigns somewhat untill there was a new urge to intervene, mostly triggered by disasters like the plague. Generally the rule was not different from the 'dont ask, don't tell' doctrine, known now from the US and UK army policies. If you thought you could cross that line chances were high worldly and clerical authorities in unison (inquisition) would act in the fiercest way, i.e. set a gruelling example; burning alive mostly preceeded by cutting of genitals and tongue.
Ok then, not much evidence of direct glorification of the beauty of man remains.
|Around 1830 young artists started to protest against these conventions. Encouraged by the new medium of photography, they discovered that most real men did not resemble the classic gods.|
They started to see the pleasure of portraying their, not so ideal, friends. They turned to the natural and stocky bodies of farmers and farmhands to irreal artificially sculped mithology icons. Inevitably, around the work of Gustave Courbet en Auguste Rodin huge scandals arose: they did not only portray people of real flesh and blood, they also did it in formats untill then only preserved for prestigious historic pieces.
|and no, I didn't forget:|
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