Sunday, January 6, 2008

More naked European men and the places to find 'em

I have blogged in a previous entry that nude men abound in many places in Europe; even in churches and universities, an eagle-eyed traveler will surely get his fill! Here are more artistic nudes in a continent that over time has never been ashamed of the human form.

Delphi, Greece. Antinous was the paramour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. After his death, he was deified by the subjects upon the decree of the Emperor and many statues of the fallen youth were erected all throughout the empire. This one is housed in the present-day Delphi Museum in Greece.

Florence, Italy. The most famous naked man of all time is, without a doubt, Michelangelo's David. Not too many people know, however, that there are three Davids in Florence. This one in the Piazza della Signoria is the most viewed, as it is the most accessible.

Antwerp, Belgium. The statue of Silvius Brabo stands in his naked glory at the middle of the Grote Markt of Antwerp, in front of the city hall and the magnificent guildhouses. This Roman soldier was said to have cut the hand of a giant and thus gave the city its name.

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