How are attitudes toward the naked body expressed through art?
Although the body is a ubiquitous subject in world art, its treatment is neither static nor singular. It varies across continents and cultures, within cultures and throughout time. Figural approaches vary according to the needs, circumstances, beliefs, and values of makers and their audiences. The Bamana twin figures and Masaccio’s Adam and Eve demonstrate two distinct ways of representing men and women and two distinct ways of thinking about the nude human form.