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  1. artist's model, sitternoun

    a person who poses for a painter or sculptor


  1. artist's model

    An art model poses, often nude, for visual artists as part of the creative process, providing a reference for the human body in a work of art. As an occupation, modeling requires the often strenuous 'physical work' of holding poses for the required length of time, the 'aesthetic work' of performing a variety of interesting poses, and the 'emotional work' of maintaining a socially ambiguous role. While the role of nude models is well-established as a necessary part of artistic practice, public nudity remains transgressive, and models may be vulnerable to stigmatization or exploitation.: 1  Artists may also have family and friends pose for them, in particular for works with costumed figures. Much of the public perception of art models and their role in the production of artworks is based upon mythology, the conflation of art modeling with fashion modeling or erotic performances, and representations of art models in popular media.: 15–18  One of the perennial tropes is that in addition to providing a subject for an artwork, models may be thought of as muses, or sources of inspiration without whom the art would not exist.: 68–79, 102–115  Another popular narrative is the female model as a male artist's mistress, some of whom become wives.: 3  None of these public perceptions include the professional model's own experience of modelling as work,: 44–45  the performance of which has little to do with sexuality.: Ch. 10  Beginning with the Renaissance, drawing the human figure has been considered the most effective way to develop the skills of drawing. In the modern era it became established that it is best to draw from life, rather than from plaster casts or copying two dimensional images such as photographs. In addition, an artist has an emotional: 32  or empathic: 4  connection to drawing another human being that cannot exist with any other subject. What is called the life class became an essential part of the curriculum at art colleges. In the classroom setting, where the purpose is to learn how to draw or paint the human form in all the different shapes, ages and ethnicity, anyone who can hold a pose may be a model.


  1. artist's model

    An artist's model is a person who poses for an artist for the purpose of creating artwork. This might include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, or any other medium where the human form or figure is depicted. The artist's model may pose clothed, in costume, or nude, depending on the requirements of the artwork. In addition to human beings, animals or inanimate objects can also serve as the model. The role requires patience, as posing may last for hours.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of artist's model in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of artist's model in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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