The nudes of Greco-Roman art are conceptually perfected ideal persons, each one a vision of health, youth, geometric clarity, and organic equilibrium.
Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. A year later Laura Mulvey wrote " Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema " stating the concept of the male gazewhich asserts that all nudes are inherently voyeuristic. I was painting the woman in me. Although both the Academic tradition and Impressionists lost their cultural supremacy at the beginning of the twentieth century, the nude remained although transformed by the ideas of modernism. Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth. The New York Times. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history paintingincluding allegorical and religious artportraitureor the decorative arts.