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Clark states that to be naked is to be deprived of clothes, and implies embarrassment and shame, while a nude, as a work of art, has no such connotations. Completely unclothed figures are rare in medieval art, the notable exceptions being Adam and Eve and the damned in Last Judgement scenes, and the ideal forms of Greco-Roman nudes are completely lost, transformed into symbols of shame and sin, weakness and defenselessness. Dijkstra says the art world has devalued simple beauty and pleasure, although these values are present in art from the past and in many contemporary works. Reclining Nymph by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Until the s, art history and criticism rarely reflected anything other than the male point of view. Not just skinny models and not just plus models. During this time period the study of the nude figure was something all male artists were expected to go through to become an artist of worth and to be able to create History Paintings. Visual arts Nudity Painting Nude art.