Thursday, September 17, 2009

Victorian Nudes at the McLaglen-Noonan Museum

The McLaglen-Noonan Museum has a new exhibit, this one featuring Victorian(-ish) nudes. As with the museum's earlier exhibit, each representation of a (ahem) "real life" painting is paired with a painting by Mr. Nerk Noonan's inspired by the original, along with a note card providing information on both paintings.

From the exhibit note card:

The nude in art has been a consistent theme and subject throughout the history of fine art. Be it religious art or portraiture, the naked human form has always fascinated mankind, and been one of the enduring subjects of art. Many of the
masterpieces of fine art have featured the nude. Consider Michelangelo’s ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which depicts God stretching out his finger to bring life to the naked Adam. The statues of Venus and David both celebrate the perfection of the human form as nudes. And almost all the gods of Greek and Roman antiquity were represented in statues as nudes.

Art nudes in paintings have witnessed varying degrees of acceptability in different cultures throughout history. It is true that the acceptability of nude art is largely influenced by the morality and aesthetics of the prevalent society. Also, certain cultures are more open to fine art nude than nudity in real life.

RL artists represented include: Frederick Leighton, William Bouguereau, Francisco de Goya, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. SL models include some Steamland luminaries, and one lovely lady who chose to remain anonymous.

Though perhaps not the sort of thing one would want to take your delicate Aunt Hermoine to, the paintings are all tastefully done. Mr. Noonan is quite a talented artist.

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