From the earliest representation of the body in nature man has proven the importance of documenting the physical form- The body. The use of the body in art can date back to tens of thousands of years; one example being the Red Ochre Handprints- which is possibly one of the oldest forms of exhibiting human presence in art history.
Art is about the human experience, and as such the portraying the body is one of the most exemplified representation of human presence and emotion. However, when considering the use of the body in art one must initially understand the notion of negotiating with human identity. The body (or rather the representation of the body) can convey an infinite number of messages, and is symbolic meanings which identify with themes such as age, gender, sexuality, and as such one begins to consider how we thing of bodies in relation to social roles.
From a social and cultural standpoint, the use of the body is often related female beauty- equally due to the prominence of female depictions in paintings throughout the history of art as well as the realities of the effect of commercialization on society. The idealization of the body is not only subject to contemporary influence but can be considered to be as early as representations of the body in Egyptian art- with both male and female figures.
And obviously… the larger part representation of the body is often depicted with nudity instigating the erotica, this can be seen in representations as early on as from Mesopotamian art. However, this brings to question the use/ intentions of the erotica and the many representations of the nude prominently in modern European Society.
This is mine;
But you can’t tell no? I lie, that’s my toe. 🙂