Maya Desnuda and Maya Vestida

Between 1790 and the first years of 1800, Francisco Goya realized two of his most famous works: two oil pantinings named Maya Desnuda and Maya Vestida.

Nobody knows exactly who is the subject of the two portraits but someone presumes this lady looks like Duchessa De Alba.

At that time, Goya was a “brave” pioneer of the female nude in art: brave because, in that period, the images of nude were prohibited by the Spanish Church and punished by the Inquisition.

As a matter of fact in XVIII century, two spanish kings sent to the stake all the nudes of the royal collection.

This two “surviving” paintings are at present conserved at Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Since 1976 up to the following decade, Helmut Newton revolutionised the concept of fashion photography with his first single-subject book “White Woman”,  thanks to which he got the prestigious Kodak Photo Book Award: it is made up of 84 color and black and white photos representing for the first time nude and eroticism in the world of fashion.

These innovative and provocative pictures show the change of the feminine role in Western society, concept that find inspiration also in art history, in particular in Goya’s Maya Desnuda and Maya Vestida.

By now in 2017, everything seems to be expected and already been done. We receive continuously   visual impulses throw images that slow down, and probably confuse our point of view and creativity.

Here I have revisited for a third time the two Francisco Goya’s paintings, this time with a man, this time in movement.

The movement of the human muscle, of the tension during a phisical effort are represented,

not with a bodybuilder but with a sport familiar to me: downhill mtb.

Rider: Vanni Oddera

Location: Monte beigua