I have to admit that while I can appreciate Renaissance art — paintings, I mean, not the sculptures, which I love — I’ve always found the old guys to be a little too much on the Christian thing. I mean, how many Madonna w/Baby Jesus renderings are there?
Take Agostino Carracci, for example. Here’s his “Judith As Woman” work, which should make her the idol of ultra-feminists everywhere:
Then there’s the “Last Communion of St. Jerome”, which may have been big news back in the day, but which is not that relevant in today’s world.
Happily, Carracci (Agostino, not his several brothers, sons and cousins — all artists themselves) didn’t just confine himself to religious themes. Here’s his “Landscape with Bathers”:
…wait, what’s that detail over on the right?
Nekkid bodies? With no carefully-draped linen (see Jerome, above) to disguise their nekkidness?
Well; it turns out that ol’ Aggie had a whole ‘nother body of work in the I Modi school, which probably gave people fits. I’m not quite sure how many of the examples below are his — the style varies, and some were printed from his woodcuts — but here are a few: