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When This Feisty Woman Reclaimed Female Nudity

The exuberant and defiant self-portrait of Florine Stettheimer

A Model (Nude Self-Portrait) (c. 1915–16) by Florine Stettheimer. Oil on canvas, 48.25 x 68.25 in (122.5 x 173.4 cm), Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. Image source Wikimedia Commons

The history of art is stocked full of female nudity. For centuries, male artists have depicted the female form, providing their patrons with up-close apparitions of unclothed women.

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