Then in the 4th century BCE sculptor Praxiteles carved a naked Aphrodite, known as the Cnidian Aphrodite, which established a new aesthetic tradition for the female form.
Quite unlike the exaggerated forms of Middle Eastern fertility figurines, the Cnidian Aphrodite was created using idealized proportions based on mathematical ratios. This ideal version of the Greek female nude - designed to appeal to the mind as well as the senses - was later also adopted by Hellenistic Greco-Roman art but mostly discarded during the Pax Romana, from about 50 CE.
Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-84) French painter best-known for his sentimental genre painting of rural life.
Chosen by our Editor, it illustrates all the major art movements of the period, including Romanticism, the Pre-Raphaelites, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism.
However, attitudes towards female nudity were different.
The female body was associated with the divinity of procreation, and for almost five centuries, the Greeks preferred to see the standing female (kore) clothed.
Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.
The next Lock and Key party takes place Sunday, May 26 from to 3pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and also launches Darsonvals Meet the Matchmaker series that will be held monthly, when the expert will be on hand to answer questions about dating in Santa Barbara and to connect singles during polo matches.