He-man Figure

The Classical Greek He-Man

Oil on Panel, 12"x12", 2013

To paraphrase Camille Paglia regarding the depiction of male genitalia throughout the history of western art, to the classical Greeks, all the way up to the Italian Renaissance, depicting the nude male was very common, and it was also very common and considered the artistic ideal to depict the nude male with tiny genitalia. It was an effort to glorify the noble achievements of man without emphasizing nor denying the sexuality of man. Then along comes puritanical Protestant Christianity, and the depictions of genitalia are removed in an effort to deny sexuality altogether. Then, as a radical reaction against this puritanism, the post-modern, post-secular, post-feminist world is born, and the depictions of man become hypersexualized, and often devoid of nobility.

He-man Figure

The Puritan He-Man

Oil on Panel, 12"x12", 2013

He-man Figure

The Modern He-Man

Oil on Panel, 12"x12", 2013