The body has been used as a sign or symbol in art for centuries. The body was used to symbolize perfection in ancient Greece, and in Egypt, to give a precise image for the God of the After-life. Not to mention their colossal monuments which promote power and glory, and are used to intimidate. However contemporary artists use the body as a symbol which conveys a whole range of different kinds of layered
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by each viewer. However, there is always an underlying purpose and meaning to the works of contemporary artists, how ever layered it may be. Overall, we can never escape the fact that the body as a symbol will be used in art to come, as it has before, and that it has a concrete prestige in the world of art.
A History of Art By H.W. Janson
Published in 1970 by Thames and Hudson