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The MET's Great Nudes

"MyMET" features the Great Nudes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as curated by artist, editor and art guide Scott Goodwillie.

Pinterest REMOVED this image from our collection of The MET's Great Nudes, and won't let me rePost it, as it is labeled PORNOGRAPHY by the Staff, and also the software used to PIN IT.

  • Little Owl Design

    Us too, and David by Michangelo. Yet (and who cares) why do they allow full on porn boards to be uploaded? Seems a bit uneven, no?

  • Margaret

    Very uneven! But not surprising considering the level of intelligence of the average anti-porn troll.

  • Jeffrey Wiener

    It is a strange by-product of the software-driven times we live in. The algorithms that decide that those images are pornographic were designed by specific people. Who knows what that software is looking for... limbs spread wide open, flesh-tones, dark crevices punctuating smooth spaces??? This concept amuses me: that software developers were actually treating this as a problem to solve, so coldly. Then the idea that individual people are complaining about these images we've uploaded, when we are literally surrounded by pornographic images (in our advertising, in our hotels, on our news-stands, on the computers of our friends and relatives...) makes me shake my head in wonder: Should these uneducated morons have the right to mess with my publishing agenda? How is it they have so much power over these Social Media companies? I am not sure why I keep doing this (publishing TheGreatNude.tv) but I suppose someone has to point out the art to the masses. Thanks for reading this far! JW

Album d'Études–Poses

Nude in an Armchair (Nu au fauteuil) Henri Matisse  (French, Le Cateau-Cambrésis 1869–1954 Nice)

The Balcony, Spain [and] Two Nude Bathers Standing on a Wharf John Singer Sargent  (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)

Nude - Against the Light Emile Joachim Constant Puyo  (French, 1857–1933)

Nude Child Playing a Flute

A Seated Female Figure Surrounded by Nude Infants Pietro Testa  (Italian, Lucca 1612–1650 Rome)

Half Figure of a Man, Nude to the Waist Jean-Baptiste Deshays  (French, Colleville 1729–1765 Paris)

Seated Male Nude Daniel Huntington  (1816–1906)

Reclining Female Nude

Kneeling Nude (Nu à genoux) Jacques Villon  (French, Damville 1875–1963 Puteaux)

Studies of a Young Female Nude Augustus (Edwin) John  (Tenby 1878–Fordingbridge, Hants 1961)

Nude (Akt) Erich Heckel  (German, Döbeln 1883–1970 Radolfzell)

Nude Studies Arthur B. Davies  (American, Utica, New York 1862–1928 Florence)

Seated Nude Unknown Artist, French

[Standing Female Nude Partially Draped in Gauze] Clarence H. White  (American, 1871–1925)

[Male Nude in Studio] Unknown Artist, French

[Female Nude] Circle of Louis-Adolphe Humbert de Molard (French, 1800–1874)

Ebony and Ivory F. Holland Day  (American, Norwood, Massachusetts 1864–1933 Norwood, Massachusetts); Although masked in the guise of exoticism or allegory, Day’s male figure studies—many of them nudes—have an undeniable element of eroticism. Although the artist’s sexuality was not discussed at the time, the esthete Day’s lifelong bachelorhood, his admiration and publication of Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, his flamboyant manner, and his ongoing interest in photographing male nudes leads...

[Advertising Contact Sheet of Male Models in Various Poses] Unknown Artist, American; Male nudity has frequently been subject to stricter control than pornography featuring women. The Arcadian photographs of Plüshow and his cousin and student Wilhelm von Gloeden were avidly collected in the late nineteenth century, but in the 1930s many of their prints and negatives, considered deviant by the Italian Fascist government, were destroyed.

Woman Carrying a Basket of Fruit Georges Braque  (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris); The ample forms of the nude woman suggest abundance and fertility. The painting belongs to a series of draped female figures entitled Canephorae (Offering Bearers), in which monumental figures display luscious fruits in the classical tradition of Greek statues.

Marilyn was Here Richard Lindner  (American (born Germany), Hamburg 1901–1978 New York City); In 1967 one of Lindner's pictures was included in a group show "Homage to Marilyn Monroe" at Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, that included several American and British Pop artists. Lindner's poem for the exhibition catalogue, "Marilyn was Here!" captures the incongruities of her short life (1926-1962): "smiling breasts / public lips / special delivery / HOLLYWOOD / disconnected / patrolman's walk...

Spring in Central Park William Zorach  (American (born Lithuania), Jurbarkas (Eurburg) 1889–1966 Bath, Maine); William Zorach returned to New York in late 1912, having spent two years studying painting in Paris. There, he had seen the work of the Fauves, notably Henri Matisse and André Derain, whose bold colors and undulating outlines influenced his own. As he wrote, his paintings of New York City's Central Park were "painted at home from imagination . . . in all wild colors, peopled...