Baroque Nudes

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By Brett Moffatt
With such a plethora of crass, distasteful nudes over the internet, it was genuinely gratifying to find a couple of images that exemplify the artform of nude photography. No bending over or outstretched legs, here you can see in these the way the light travels over the forms, creating cool lights and warm half-tones. In the image above, see the way the tones starting in the face run through the throat, chest and stomach area. Its a real journey across the human form.

The image below uses the distinctive ‘Rembrandt lighting‘ in the way the shadow creates the ‘V’ shape of light on the cheek of the model. Both of these images remind me of the way Caravaggio and Rembrandt, both great painting masters of the 17th century would use light and shadow to evoke mystery and a brooding sense of drama. This image below, like the one above, takes our eye on a journey that starts on the model’s face, flowing through her hair and down her torso. This image doesn’t convey the cool lights as much as the one above, but we can still appreciate the sculpted qualities in the way the light captures the tones across her abdomen and hip area. Both stunning photographs.

 

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Self Portrait, 1658, a masterpiece of the fina...

Self Portrait, 1658, a masterpiece of the final style, “the calmest and grandest of all his portraits” Clark 1978, p. 28 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Taking of Christ, 1602. National Gallery o...

The Taking of Christ, 1602. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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