The search for physical perfection began with the Greeks, who first competed nude in athletic games in the 8th century BCE and created their gods in the ideal human form. This book celebrates the universal fascination with the nude and the power of beauty. The richly detailed, black-and-white, fine art photographs portray the apex of youthful vitality and the sublime architecture of the body. Alternately meditative and exhilarating, these dynamic performers express their sensuality and acrobatic skills so dramatically that the images leap off the page and grab you by the heart. Couples express the passion of romantic love and soloists display their virtuosity, the result of countless hours of training. Meticulously selected quotes from poets, artists, and philosophers throughout history complement the intimate portraits. This deluxe collection is a compelling invitation to contemplate beauty and to share with someone you love.
Jon Ortner is a combination of artist, naturalist, scholar, and adventurer specializing in photography of culture, icons, and landscapes of Southeast Asia, the Himalaya, the American Southwest, and New York City. He is the author of five internationally published fine art books.