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Depictions of the Male Body at the Musée d'Orsay
From 24 September 2013 to 02 January 2014
A unique perspective in art
In this rather uncommon exhibition, the representation of male nudity in art from the 18th century to present day is explored. Nudity of the human body, both male and female, has been a central subject for artists for as long as we know and has a long and well documented tradition in the western arts. This tradition is being explored by the Musée d'Orsay, with a special focus on the depiction of the male body. By taking works from its own reserves as well as the collections of other French museums, the Musée d'Orsay shows how the male nude has been interpreted through paintings, sculptures photography and other forms of art. Nudity in arts has commonly been used by artists to express different ideals of beauty and strength and has been received with both controversy and praise. In the exhibition "Masculine / Masculine," the museum investigates the aesthetic codes behind these beauty standards and also traces their evolution -- as the classic body cannons give way to more imperfect representations of the human form. With so much focus on feminine ideals of beauty in art, the Musée d'Orsay offers a refreshing perspective on the male equivalents that have manifested themselves throughout the centuries.