Unformatted text preview: Citizens also objected to the nudity of the statue. Citizens went so far as to prepare a copper skirt for the statue which no longer remains. The reason behind Duchamp’s innovative approach to human form was his reading of a book called Movement. This book was based on the motion and certain movements of humans and animals at certain points. The idea was to break down these movements individually and analyze them, then re-create them as art. This innovative practice eventually led to the creation of motion pictures. The first time I looked at the picture Nude Descending a Staircase, I had no idea what I was looking at. I thought somewhat like ridiculers of the painting at that time must have thought. After reading of Duchamp’s inspiration for the painting I looked at it again and saw the idea. It does indeed enhance my appreciation of this painting....
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- Fall '10
- Marcel Duchamp, Lorenzo de' Medici, House of Medici, Republic of Florence, Nude Descending