Giulio Romano

Giulio Romano was one of the most important, versatile, and influential artists of the Italian late Renaissance style known as Mannerism. As the primary protégé of Raphael, he inherited his master’s studio at the papal court following Raphael’s death in 1520 and initially continued to work in Raphael’s Roman High Renaissance style. But as his personal style matured, he became one of the great 16th-century Mannerist painters and architects. An artistic impresario in the service of Duke Federico Gonzaga in Mantua, Giulio built and decorated the Palazzo Te, one of the key monuments of Mannerism. His renown in the sixteenth-century was such that he was the only Italian Renaissance artist to be mentioned by Shakespeare, who called him “that rare Italian master.” Wikipedia

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Banquet of Cupid and Psyche, 1527-30

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The Sixteen Pleasures

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Wedding Banquet

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Sherwin Of Prague

Sherwin isn’t a professional artists. He simply enjoys his work. So do I.

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I like Sherwin’s drawings because he focuses on healthy, everyday men. His models are usually guys he knows and his friends. He gives us thoughtful images of men with that render the simple and complex nuances of the male body.

Sherwin O Prague

Sherwin was born in 1973 in Prague, where, after spending few years in south Bohemia, studied architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague. After graduating is when he discovered his love for figurative drawing.

He specializes in the male figure, finding the male physique very inspirational. Another reason he focuses on the male form is because he feels the female figure is explored and presented by many, many other artists.

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Chinese Artist Mu Boyan

Mu Boyan was born in 1976 in Jinan, Shandong Province of China. Mu graduated from the Sculpture Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts with master’s degree in 2005. In 2003, Mu Boyan displayed his series work, “Bath Center” in the public bath house of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. It is said, that group of sculpture was accepted to make for a bath center a job for living. After that, Mu Boyan has concentrated continuously on portraying the images of a fat person.

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A Work of Art

Jean Delville was born in Louvain in 1867 and died in 1953. Delville considered art to play a key role in uplifting people from their blindness. He saw true artists as initiates who would present images which would teach and transform human nature. It is believed that Delville saw artists as priests and prophets.
The School of Plato, 1898

A beautiful work of art, no one could deny that. But is it also a statement?

Most of us have certain religious or spiritual beliefs. What many do not consider is that some of those beliefs are rooted in perspectives that were conceived in the minds of autocrats many centuries ago. We don’t think about what has been left out of the Bible, or what may have been altered to fit the dogma of those autocrats. That dogma included the notion that the human body, and intimate male interaction, was shameful.

Perhaps it’s time to contemplate a new perspective. Did Jesus see things differently from what we’ve been led to believe? I, for one, like to think so. The human body, in this case the male, is nothing short of miraculous creation. Is it possible Jesus saw it the same way, that He believed the body should be enjoyed and celebrated?

Here are closer views of the detail in Delville’s painting:

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