The history of nudity involves social attitudes to nudity in different cultures in history. It is not known when humans began wearing clothes, although there is some archaeological evidence to indicate that clothing may have become commonplace in human society around 72, years ago. Anthropologists believe that animal skins and vegetation were adapted into coverings as protection from cold, heat and rain, especially as humans migrated to new climates; alternatively, covering may have been invented first for other purposes, such as magic, decoration, cult, or prestige, and later found to be practical as well. In ancient Rome , nudity could be a public disgrace and might be offensive or distasteful even in traditional settings, though it could be seen at the public baths or in erotic art.
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La Dolce Vita , It. Federico Fellini's landmark masterpiece, semi-controversial and sensational, was about middle-class depravity and decadence. The episodic tale of a journey of seven days was a search to discover "the sweet life" by a frustrated, shallow, gossip and publicity-seeking, celebrity writer. Most of the film's activities occurred over seven nights either consecutive or disconnected , and were always followed by a disappointing, dawning morning. The main protagonist was playboyish gossip writer Marcello Rubini Marcello Mastroianni who regularly attended parties, seduced socialites, and sought celebrity scandal for his tabloid stories. He had a decadent and hedonistic lifestyle of night life at clubs, orgies, and paparrazi-fueled events.
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Goya's Nude Maja, confident in her nakedness as she unashamedly gazes out at the viewer, is infamous for her direct confrontation. Rumored to be a portrait of Goya's own mistress, this painting was commissioned for the private boudoir of a wealthy patron, hidden from the public eye. But when discovered, this erotically-charged masterpiece shocked audiences at the time and paved the way for the transgressive, boundary-pushing ethos of Modern Art.
The nude figure is a tradition in Western art , and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art , and 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 express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos.