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" -Michelangelo The nude figure is a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities.

It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art, and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance.

By the 5th century BCE, Greek sculptors' mastery of anatomy resulted in greater naturalness and more varied poses.

An important innovation was contrapposto—the asymmetrical posture of a figure standing with one leg bearing the body's weight and the other relaxed.

Gustav Klimt, who never married and lived with his mother until her death, only three years before his own, was the subject of countless rumours in Vienna at the turn of the century with regard to his affairs with his models and with the upper-class women who commissioned portraits from him.