Top 20 Beautiful Female Nude Artwork

20. Female Nude Reclining on a Divan

Female Nude Reclining on a Divan

  • Artist: Eugene Delacroi
  • Date: 1825-26

There is a manifest sensuality to this dreaming woman with her body offered up to the spectator’s gaze, and we know from the Journal that Delacroix’s relations with his models often went beyond the pictorial; but there are also traces of the influence of Bonington in the presentation, and perhaps of Delacroix’s desire to emulate Ingres’ nudes.

19. Diana and Callisto

Diana and Callisto

  • Artist: Aristide Maillol
  • Date: 1930-38

It portrays the moment in which the goddess Diana discovers that her maid Callisto has become pregnant by Jupiter.

18. In the Tepidarium

In the Tepidarium

  • Artist: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadem
  • Date: 1881

The tepidarium was the warm Roman bath. This painting shows a girl holding an ostrich feather and a strigel used for scraping the skin after soaping and oiling it. Alma-Tadema generally contrasted archaeologically accurate detail with aggressively modern figures and attitudes. He was also the most gifted exponent among Victorian painters in rendering exactly textures, surfaces and colours.

17. Phryné before the Aeropagus

Phryne_before_the_Areopagus

  • Artist: Jean-Léon Gerome
  • Date: 1861

The story tells about Alcippe , the daughter of Ares (God of War) and Aglauros. She was raped by a son of Poseidon. Ares immediately killed the rapist, and was brought on trial by the other gods. It was the first murder trial. After the facts were laid out, and they heard what happened to Alcippe, Ares was quickly aquitted. Alcippe was also called Phryne.

16. Danaë

Danae

  • Artist: Orazio Gentileschi
  • Date: 1621

Danaë being impregnated by Zeus, who comes to her in the form of golden rain (see Danaë for the explanation of this Greek myth) was a subject for several well-known paintings.

15. The Fortune

The Fortune

  • Artist: Guido Reni
  • Date: 1620

14. Female Nude and Pianist

Female Nude and Pianist

  • Artist: Jean Honoré Fragonar
  • Date: 1799-1800
13. The Sleeping Venus

The Sleeping Venus

  • Artist: Paul Delvaux
  • Date: 1799-1800

12. The Nude Maja

The Nude Maja

  • Artist: Eugene Delacroi
  • Date: 1825-26

The identity of the Nude Maja has been the topic of many discussions. Theories range from Pilar Teresa Cayetana, the Duchess of Alba, to Teresita, sister of a priest. Some critics believe Goya had no model at all, but painted his “ideal” woman.

11. In the Tepidarium

Godward In the Tepidarium 1913

  • Artist: John William Godward
  • Date: 1913

10. One Second Before Awakening from a Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate

One Second Before Awakening from a Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate

  • Artist: Salvador Dali
  • Date: 1944

The painting depicts a woman (Dalí’s wife, Gala) sleeping while sunbathing naked during a calm day on rocks floating over the sea, possibly at Port Lligat. An elephant with incredibly long, extremely thin legs walks across the sea’s horizon while carrying an obelisk. Near the woman float two drops of water and a small pomegranate. From a larger pomegranate comes a fish that spews a tiger from which comes another tiger, while in front of that second tiger a rifle’s bayonet touches (or nearly touches) the woman’s right arm.

9. Cleopatra

Cleopatra

  • Artist: Gian Pietro Rizzi
  • Date: 1520-40

8. Venus Anadyomene

Anadyomene

  • Artist: Titan
  • Date: 1525

Venus Anadyomene offered a natural subject for a fountain: the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC has a lifesize bronze plumbed so that water drips from Venus’ hair, modelled by a close follower of Giambologna, late sixteenth century.

7. The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

  • Artist: William-Adolphe Bouguereau
  • Date: 1879

6. Chloe

Chloe

  • Artist: Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
  • Date: 1862

She has graced magazine covers, had wine named after her and poems written to her. She has experienced fame and adoration and has won high acclaim from critics. Her career began, like the many models after her, in Paris but she was created and moulded by a Master. She is a Melbourne icon, mascot for the HMAS Melbourne, an extremely fine work of art, she is an ingenue, a nymph, a celebrity. She is Chloe, the famous nude portait which has graced the walls of the Young and Jackson Hotel since 1909.

5. The Source

The source

  • Artist: Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
  • Date: 1856

4. Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude

  • Artist: Jeanloup Sieff
  • Date: 1969

3. The Three Nymphs

the three nymphs

  • Artist: Aristide Maillol
  • Date: 1930-38

2. Overflow

Overflow

  • Artist: Andrew Wyeth
  • Date: 1969

1. Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore

Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore

  • Artist: Lord Frederic Leighton
  • Date: 1868
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