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"...When looking at a sculpture
or a scene painted on a vase, it is easy to identify an olympic athlete
by his nakedness. Indeed, for both training and competitions, athletes
were always nude. Their bodies, shaped by exercise, were used as models
by sculptors and painters who drew inspiration for their works directly
from the athletes and their movements whilst practising sport.
The beauty of the naked body was considered to reflect internal beauty and to illustrate the harmonious balance between body and mind..."
(History of the olympic games. Olympic Museum and Studies Centre, Lausanne, 2002)
* This site contains material of artistic nudity. To follow the law, it is advised not to be visited by children under 18 years of age. If you are under 18 years, please do not explore this site any further. If you still do, I will not take any resposibility.
(Last update: September 8, 2012)