Bronzino's so-called "allegorical portraits", such as this Genoese admiral, Andrea Doria are less typical but possibly even more fascinating due to the peculiarity of placing a publicly recognized personality in the nude as a mythical figure. Respectable Roman women were portrayed clothed. Frequently, images of nude people do not go that far. Their plots serve to organize the relations among these categories and to justify a hierarchy among them, establishing the rightness or at least the necessity of a world in which heaven is above earth, the lion the king of beasts, the cooked more pleasing than the raw. In some Western countries since the late 20th century, public attitudes have come to consider any child nudity past the infant stage unacceptable.
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Depictions of nudity
Lewd motions, pictures and talk seem to be the common expression of the viler acts and thoughts of the people, and this to such a degree as to disgust everybody. Superstitions and customs surrounding shunga suggest as much; in the same way that it was considered a lucky charm against death for a samurai to carry shunga, it was considered a protection against fire in merchant warehouses and the home. In Biblical accounts of the Roman Imperial era, prisoners were often stripped naked, as a form of humiliation. The term " Orientalism " is widely used in art to refer to the works of the many Western 19th-century artists who specialized in "Oriental" subjects, often drawing on their travels to Western Asia. Archived from the original on 13 March