Throughout the history of art, male artists have been lauding the female nude, taking pleasure in painting and sculpting unclothed women for centuries. From Venus appearing as an apparition from inside a scallop shell most famously by Botticelli , to the infamous reclining nude think Manet, Modigliani, Titian , it seems male artists have always had a thing for naked women. As we all know, women have not been treated kindly by art history. And, while women continued to study at their, they were only permitted to draw casts of nude figures and not the real thing in the flesh. They would have to wait 33 years to be allowed to draw from the male life model and even then he was made to wear a sheet of fabric around his waist.
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The quality of these paintings when finished will vary widely but the naked man says, "I have been really surprised by how well some of them do. His name is Jonathan Miller, and, a few minutes before he took off his clothes and began to pose, he was saying: "The first time I did this, I will admit, was nerve-wracking. But now, after doing it 15, 20 times, it's a lot easier. I am just being part of a fun evening in a creative and light-hearted place. The studios host all manner of public, private and corporate events, with the monthly ladies nights being particularly popular. It offers something fun, different and safe.