Ah, if only! Maybe I should run out out to Victoria’s Secret and make some slutty lingerie purchases. You know, just in case 😉
No, no. What I’m really talking about is Museworthy’s blatantly sexist history. That’s right, I admit it. The bias toward the female nude on this blog has been pretty glaring, has it not? I looked at my Image Gallery page and noticed that except for a couple of Michelangelos, the artwork subjects are all women, all the time. It’s like the damn Lifetime Channel! So I want you all to know that I am aware of it and I feel bad, especially since I’ve been so fortunate to have male art models reading the blog regularly and contributing such excellent comments and insights, all of which I enjoy and appreciate immensely. So I’m sorry guys! I will make it up to you and remedy the problem starting with this post. The male nude subject is definitely nothing to be ignored. And no, it does not play second fiddle to females.
I envy male life models for many reasons, the most significant being their ability to project strength. No matter how fit and toned a female model may be, it isn’t the same. The male physique, whether buffed, semi-buffed, moderately fit or whatever, projects strength regrardless because of its anatomical characteristics. For example, the widest part of a man’s body is his shoulders, which sit atop the rest of the figure. Visually, the eye sees that width and weight at the top, which projects an image of strength and power. The male body also has straighter lines, sharper angles, and harder surfaces. More traits that go to strength. Female figures have curvier lines, a lower center of gravity (at the hips) and a higher body fat percentage; all things that render a softer, gentler, less-threatening appearance.
Let’s kick off the male nudes on Museworthy with this stunner from the titan of French Neo-Classical painting, Jacques-Louis David. From Greek mythology, this is his portrayal of Patroclus, who accompanied his good friend Achilles to the the Trojan War, where he was slain by Hector. Created in 1780, here is Patroclus, and the male form in all its strapping and virile beauty. A superb twisted pose. Amazing. And you see how the figure does all the work, all the communicating, holds all the expression and emotion? We can’t see his face. Does it matter? No.