This Is What Happens When Art Students Recreate Famous Nude Masterpieces

March 21, 2015 1:14 AM

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This Is What Happens When Art Students Recreate Famous Nude Masterpieces

"Nudes are hot right now," photographer Matthew Leifheitr mused in an email exchange with HuffPost. Leifheitr has many titles, among them VICE photo editor and editor-in-chief of MATTE Magazine. Recently, he's taken on a faculty position at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, a role that's allowed him to better explore the beautiful and nefarious world of naked art.

The fruits of his labor are currently on view at SVA, in a pop-up exhibition titled "Artsy Nudes." For the project, he gave his participating students a simple prompt: choose any nude work of art from all of art history and recreate it. From Henri Matisse's "The Dance" to Diego Velázquez's "Rokeby V...

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