The nude in art history.

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  1. My english is very poor to express how good is your blog and how I like it, recently discovered. Thank you. So many painters which I did not know! Se lei è italiano, La ringrazio nella sua lingua.

  2. CantervilleGhost

    Grazie a lei.

  3. I’ve spent the last 10 minutes or so browsing through your fine collection – a site I’ll definitely return to – Thanks for putting it together

  4. Bonjour
    Un très bon peintre que vous pourriez rajouter …


    Merci pour votre site et des découvertes que vous permettez.

  5. henrietta peetawker

    you forgot Ramon CASAS (1866-1932) !

  6. Why no Degas, Renoir, Cezanne?

    • CantervilleGhost

      Maybe because I tend to propose lesser known artists. But you’re right. Give me some time, I’ll try to post them as soon as possible. Thanks.

      • Mike Rich

        No! No modernists!! They are common, out of drawing and dominate art history unfairly!Enough with the constant parade of the eternally bloated Renoir and the hideously stylized Cezanne!They are common,and usher in a degradation of the female form, CantervilleGhost your choices are sublime and perfect!

  7. Last week I had have left a message, but it disappeared, I wonder why.


    • CantervilleGhost

      I did not see your comment. It may be that WordPress automatic system wrongly placed it among the spam (the blog is daily flooded with dozens of spam). Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • In my said message I, being a new subscriber, had expressed my deep appreciation for your Site and also asked how could I share with you
        some material from my digital collection, such material which I did not see
        on the Site. With kind regards.


  8. To CantervilleGhost,

    Well, I still wait for your reply to my above question.


    • CantervilleGhost

      When you do a day-by-day blog you’ll always forget someone…but a blog is a personal adventure not a collective forum. A blog means having the freedom to post what you want when you want to.

      • I think I was unable to express myself.
        I just wanted to post some material from my classics collection, but I do not
        know technically how to convey them to you.
        Pls guide me. (How can I send you jpg pictures titled with painter names?)


  9. I love your blog! Thank you very much. I am sorry for my bad englisch.
    Thank you for collecting all these great works of artists. I could watch them the whole day! So inspiring! Thanks!

  10. Joachim Richter

    A random button or RSS Feed would be nice.

  11. Bonjour,
    Voici des oeuvres que vous pouvez utiliser pour votre site.
    Merci pour votre site qui permet de découvrir de nouveaux artistes.
    Artistiquement vôtre,
    Jean-Joseph Chevalier

  12. Claudio Barake

    Good evening,I am a great fan of your work and constant research.I would like you to look up Renato Walters Ferrari, from Brazil,lives in Rio,
    teaches realist painting.Congrats!!

  13. Maybe you would also like the art by Gabriel Grün Yantorno
    A few of his artwork you can see on my weblog taroteca.wordpress.com

  14. WOW, this is a great site.
    Here is a collection of mainly Swedish painters that might interest you.
    password: konst
    Feel free to repost.
    ciao, µ

  15. Great blog – suggest you look at “Antonio Blanco” the so called (by himself) Dali of Bali

  16. Albagnac Gérard

    Très joli site qui permet de découvrir beaucoup de peintres pas très connus. Je posséde 2 tableaux de Bohumil Marecek (des nus), je peux vous envoyer des photos si vous voulez pour les insérer dans votre site.

  17. Thank you for maintaining such a wonderful sight. It is wonderful to see so many artist work that I have never seen or heard of before.
    You may consider my work also for your sight, John Hunn http://www.johnhunnart.com.

  18. CantervilleGhost

    Thank you very much. I know and appreciate your work. I’ll post your paintings as soon as possible.

  19. Good evening sir

    It is really an amzing and aweome site for paintings.
    I really wonder how you gathered all this material
    It is indeed a very sincere hard work
    God bless you
    My blessings to you

    Uma Maheswar
    Bangalore, India

  20. Your blog is a dream come true. I’ve been a figure painter for years, so my appreciation is sincere. Always in search of the finest work by so many forgotten Greats, now I find you’re busy collecting it all here, saving me endless websearches. This is a treasure. THANK YOU!

  21. As a form of appreciation for your site, maybe it is nice to recommend to watch the french film “La belle noiseuse”. where an artist (probably based on artist Bernard Dufour) and his intimate relation with a nude model is portrayed. Its a very long film with partially real time registration.
    There are more links that offer a connection.as far as language and subtitles is a concern.


  22. I believe you lack a very famous piece by Podkowinski entitled ‘Frenzy’. See here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frenzy_of_Exultations
    Otherwise, a nice blog.

    • CantervilleGhost

      Nearly 1.700 artists and more than 13.000 paintings have been posted here but, I know, a lot of good artists and paintings will always miss…Anyway, Podkowinski will be posted soon. Thank you.

  23. Enjoying your site. Have you considered Paul-Émile Bécat 1886-1960, in particular his Casanova playing card series for Philibert?

  24. A short film about 9 minutes long called Beauty by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro. Many famous works of art containing nudity minimally animated at

  25. Note an absolute gem of a painting by Antonio Cioci – Self-portrait (1739) where the artist depicts himself pointing to a small model of a nude draped in some sort of diaphanous material.


  26. Adolf Born (Czech, born 1930): Dürer´s journey to Venice via Alps. 2005


  27. Thanks for creating this website!
    Please check out this:
    and this:

  28. Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)


  29. Please consider adding some of the beautiful nude oils done by American Impressionist John Carroll Doyle from Charleston, SC!

    • CantervilleGhost

      I know John Carroll Doyle’s works and I’ll certainly post them. Very soon. Thank you.

  30. Thank you for your fast response regarding the work of John Doyle. I am lucky enough to be his gallery director and love selling his amazing work – in all subjects, but especially the nudes!

  31. Tavik František Šimon (Czech, 1877-1942)

  32. Oskar Zwintscher 1870-1916

  33. Arthur Coulin 1869, Sibiu, Austro-Hungary – 1912, Heidelberg

  34. Rojan (Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky) 1891 -1970

  35. Denis Volx (Louis Jean-Marie Denis Valvérane) 1870-1943. Published by Blaizot, Paris, 1921 as one of a set of fifteen engravings.


  36. Zdenek Burian

  37. Lee Price. Lemon Slices III. Oil on linen, 34 x 76 inches.

  38. Georges Léonnec (1881 – 1940). French.

  39. Georges Léonnec (1881 – 1940). French. Une page de griffonnages, Janvier 1919.

  40. Malcolm Liepke, Water Lilies, 2012, oil on canvas, 20 x 29 in. (50.8 x 73.7 cm).


  41. I like your site. I recommend to you the works of István Csók (Hungarian, 1865-1961).

  42. Merci pour toutes ces merveilles !

  43. Why can’t I share these artists with my Facebook and G+? What happened to the icons for sharing?

    • The share icons are always at the bottom of each article but I don’t know if they work or not. Just consider that Facebook does not allow to post nudity (they are not able to make a distinction between a Rubens nude painting and a Jenna Jameson’s pic…for this reason I can’t open a Facebook page of this blog)…

  44. I have a suggestion. Have you ever heard of Henning von Gierke? Might fit thematically into your site. http://henningvongierke.de

  45. Love your Blog !

    Find today Tim Black’s Studio : http://gtimblack.com/

    Best Regard, Olivier

  46. You have a great blog which I refer others to often. I don’t know how you find and select the artists you have. You can see my nudes on my website and you have my permission to post them on your blog.

    • CantervilleGhost

      Thank you. Your work is really appreciated. I’ll post your paintings as soon as possible.

  47. Thanks for including me in your blog. My date of birth is 1950.

  48. I absolutely love this blog, it is a journey through history and the human condition. Ive spent hours here learning and being inspired I think this blog might be my muse.Thank you Canterville Gost

  49. A most wonderful site, thank you and congratulations.. Interesting omissions, Deveria, Paul Avril etc. But I have no wish to be churlish, you did truly wonderful work!

    • CantervilleGhost

      Thank you. Avril is posted here under his real name (Edouard-Henri Avril). Deveria will follow.

      • Mike sanders

        Thank you so much. Do you have encyclopedia erotic by Dopp which has a small number of artists not represented on your site…keep up the magnificent work

  50. I’ve been lurking for a couple of years. Your site is fantastic! I especially enjoy Asian artists — the traditional or quasi-traditional nudes — and realism. Thank you!

  51. Thank you for your extensive research!

  52. Giovanni Doe

    Fatico a trovare nudi maschili. Forse la dicitura “The female nude in art history” descriverebbe più precisamente questa minuziosa e laboriosa raccolta.

  53. Giuseppe Cino

    LA CONCHIGLIA DI VENERE non è abbastanza esauriente?

  54. Ravi de vous retrouver !

  55. THANK YOU for Sharing your amazing Research. So many Wonderful ARTISTS who I never seen before on your GREAT Site – I love Figure Drawing, Especially Female Nudes. THANK YOU Again !!!

    David Reuter
    Musician / Artist
    Nashville, USA


  56. You have done a marvelous work. Is there any chance you could replace the long artist list at right with an alphabet?

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