When it came to the understanding of the art works both Marcel Duchamp’s and Michelangelo’s the reactions came for a lack of knowing what they were looking at and a lack of understanding. For Duchamp’s art piece had nothing to do with nudist or anything of the sort it was simply the act of motion. The name it was offended people the most about the “Nude Descending a Staircase” painting done by Duchamp. Now on the other hand I can believe the public had a hard time with Michelangelo’s “David” seeing as how it was naked man in full detail. The problem wasn’t his naked parts being exposed it was that the contemporary viewers saw in some cases religion being attacked which was never the intention of the piece of work. It was made to represent David’s victory over the giant goliath, but really it was a political statement.
When talking about Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” he got the idea from photographs by Etienne-Jules Marey. Matter of fact these photos later would help give birth to the invention of a motion picture. The picture he drew was actually the series of Etienne-Jules Marey photos, that happen to be of fully clothed people.
When I started to look at the painting of the “Nude Descending a Staircase” I had no clue what I was looking at I assumed it was of someone nude hidden in the picture… but after reading the material I realized it had nothing to do with anyone or thing nude. I was surprised once I realized what the painting was really of. I diffidently think learning about the artist enhanced my appreciation for this piece and also It taught me not to judge a painting by the name.
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