Lagos-based Wahaab, born in in Ilorin, Nigeria, grew up with a culture that glorified big bodies, in which weight was associated with affluence, health and comfort. Being larger came with a certain social status. Recently, however, Western beauty norms have permeated Nigerian consciousness thanks, in part, to the rise of social media.
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Goya's Nude Maja, confident in her nakedness as she unashamedly gazes out at the viewer, is infamous for her direct confrontation. Rumored to be a portrait of Goya's own mistress, this painting was commissioned for the private boudoir of a wealthy patron, hidden from the public eye. But when discovered, this erotically-charged masterpiece shocked audiences at the time and paved the way for the transgressive, boundary-pushing ethos of Modern Art. When asked to make a painting of an angel, Gustave Courbet, the father of Realism, famously said, "I have never seen angels.
Depictions of nudity include visual representations of nudity through the history, in all the disciplines, including the arts and sciences. Nudity is restricted in most societies, but some depiction of nudity may serve a recognized social function. Clothing also serves as a significant part of interpersonal communication, and the lack of clothing needs to have a social context.
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A southern antique reproduction wholesaler offered a series of Black American images resembling original pencil or charcoal sketches. The series depicts five different pre-Civil War plantation images of slave life. At first glance, the images are quite close in appearance to true pencil and charcoal sketches. But under a 5X or more loupe, you see that the images are made of a fine pattern of black dots instead of the continuous nearly solid marks made by pencil lead or charcoal.
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