The ancient Greeks were one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It thrived more than 4, years ago. The years between B. Greek culture, ideas, religion, and art were spreading all over the world day by day. Ancient Greek sculpture deserves attention because of its uniqueness and richness. Greeks had a wonderful opportunity to use different kinds of marble, bronze, stones, and wood. There were several periods in ancient Greek sculpture, and each of them had its own characteristics. The development of female figures in ancient Greek sculpture was noticeable during those times; each period added something new; the influence of other countries and their cultures was reflected in almost each piece of work, and female sculptures were one of the brightest examples. Ancient Greek sculpture was characterized by numerous works of nude women. However, it does not mean that Greek men had a kind of disrespect to their women.
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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Why is the male nude prevalent and the female nude virtually absent from Ancient Greek art? Ata Elbizanti. American University of Beirut Why is the male nude prevalent and the female nude virtually absent from Ancient Greek art?
To browse Academia. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Lydia Schriemer. Schriemer 1 Female nudity, in Greek sculpture between the beginning of the Archaic period and the middle of the first century BCE1, is conspicuous only in its absence. It did appear, but only rarely, and under very specific circumstances. Through the lens of the Archaic kouroi and korai it is possible to establish a basis against which to compare any later changes in female dress. These figures offer the unique opportunity to compare the concept of male and female nudity while taking into account the Greek idea of heroic nudity and the disconnect between Greek views on nudity and those of the rest of the Mediterranean world. Towards the end of the Archaic period and into the Classical period, sculpted drapery gradually became more sheer and form revealing and this eventually leads to the what is believed to have been the first Greek nude female in sculpture on the Ludovisi Throne Reliefs, followed shortly thereafter by the first full-scale female nude: Aphrodite of Knidios, sculpted by Praxiteles.
There are, of course, nude statues of Greek and Roman women, usually standing in a three point pose — a bent knee, a curved hip, a tilted shoulder to accentuate the form. One has a hand over a breast to communicate modesty; her hoohah is smooth. In fact, all the hoohahs are smooth: there are but modest dents around the pelvic bones of the statues, but no openings or slight separations of the pelvic mounds to be found anywhere.