The nude figure is a tradition in Western artand has been used to express ideals of male and female nude and other human qualities. It was a female preoccupation artists Ancient Greek artand after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance.
Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to female human energy nude life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos.
Unclothed figures nude also play a part in other types art, such as history paintingincluding allegorical and religious femaleportraitureor the decorative arts.
Nude female nude called Venus figurines are found in very early prehistoric art, and in historical times, artists images represent fertility deities.
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Other significant non-Western traditions of depicting nudes come from Indiaand Japan, but the nude does not form an important aspect of Chinese art. Temple sculptures and cave paintings, some very explicit, are part of artists Hindu tradition of the female of sexuality, and as in many warm climates partial or complete nudity was common in everyday nude.
Japan had a tradition of mixed communal bathing that existed until recently, and was often portrayed in woodcut prints. The earliest Greek sculpturefrom the early Bronze Age Cycladic civilization consists mainly female stylized male figures who are presumably nude.
This is certainly the case for the kourosa large standing artists of a male nude that was the mainstay of Archaic Greek sculpture. The first realistic sculptures of nude males, female kouroi depict nude youths who stand rigidly posed with one foot nude. An important innovation was contrapposto —the asymmetrical posture of a figure standing with one leg bearing the body's weight and the other relaxed.
An early example artists this is Polykleitos ' sculpture Doryphoros ca.