Male Beauty in Art

Male Beauty in Art; Appreciation of the beauty of the male sex in different art forms from various periods in human history. I own none of these works of art; all are found around the web. Run by: randaroyce, iljunfantroza and mariaborgart.


The top 10 male nudes in art ›

Saint Sebastian, Jusepe de Ribera (MuMa - Musée d’art moderne André Malraux)

In this monumental painting, Ribera portrays the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Officer of the Praetorian Guard under Diocletian (3rd century), Sebastian, a secret Christian, revealed his faith when two fellow Christians were condemned to death. He was immediately sentenced to be shot with arrows and left to die, but was nursed back to health by Irene. Once again, he confronted the emperor, who had him clubbed to death and thrown in the great Roman sewer, the Cloaca Maxima.

As in other martyr scenes, the chosen iconography depicts a moment of direct communication with the Divine. The religious outpouring finds expression in the parted lips and the eyes wet with tears gazing heavenward. This large-scale Saint Sebastian is an ambitious painting that plays on the unique effect of a diagonal. While the slightly twisted body principally serves to highlight the anatomy of the torso, it also recalls the crucifixion of Christ. The right hand turned to the sky, like the saint’s gaze, is a symbol of intercession.

Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), Wellingtonian (Watercolor)

A short interesting discussion by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker about Diego Velázquez’s Vulcan’s Forge (c.1630)

Naked man and skull (1890-1905), Edelfelt Albert

Portrait of Henry Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland (1795), François Xavier Pascal Fabre

The Barricade (1918), George Bellows

Reclining Male Nude (1887), Maurycy Trębacz 

Conceptio artis (1894), Axél Waldemar Gallén

Deux hommes nus (1825), François-Xavier Fabre