The human figure in art carries, in different ways and through different periods, a huge significance, being the most direct means by which art can address the human condition. In early societies its significance was supernatural, a rendering of gods or spirits in human form. For centuries depictions of the human figure were prized more highly than those of still life, animals or landscape
Artists have used the human figure as the vehicle to tell stories and narratives to the audience. The way the figure is represented the style, size, colour, setting all means used to communicate legends chronicles or myths.
This gallery displays how artists from past and present have used the human figure as a means to tell stories. Some artists have drawn on well known stories while other have used narratives that are known only to those of their own cultural group