An example of the nude is the Archaic Greek sculpture of The Kroisos from Anavysos, c. 525 BC. The young man (supposed to be a teenager) is built with symmetry and balance. Anatomy: skull, eye sockets, jaw line, chin, shoulder sockets, biceps, triceps, pectorals, abdominals, groin line, thighs, knee caps, calves, ankle bones.

Biologically correct? Eyes, nose, and chin are not soft, fleshy or rounded. The muscles, especially in the legs, look sharply edged and geometric. Proportion: The head is too small in relation to the width of shoulders, hips too wide (feminine), thighs large. Biologically correct? No. Mass: Hills and valleys are present in the face, muscles of torso, and rounding of legs. Biological? The eyes are not set into eye sockets, but sit on the surface of the face; the lines from the edges of the lips down to the chin are too geometric (like those of a wooden puppet). Overall, does Kroisos represent an accurate reflection of a model in the studio (disegno esterno) or a creatively imagined ideal (disegno interno)? This is clearly a representation of the nude. It is a body idealized according to principles of geometry and a steroid driven harmony and balance of parts. The result of this transformation is that Kroisos has lost his humanity and fleshy realism. What was the artistís motivation? He responded to his Geist. The Greeks valued Olympic athletes and soldiers. Ideally proportioned bodies with bulky muscles convey a cultural identity of muscular and masculine superiority.