The nude is one of the most time-honored subjects in Western art, but for centuries it was used to depict mythological subjects or generic figures rather than specific individuals. Since the turn of the twentieth century, however, artists have increasingly challenged this convention by producing frank, highly particular nudes, often with the sitters identified in the works’ titles. Explore body-baring works on view from the Whitney’s collection.

Installation view of Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 27, 2016-February 12, 2017). Photograph by Ron Amstutz

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