Throughout this short series we focus on pictures of Adam and Eve
because artists knew from the creation account in Scripture
that they had been naked.
During the early centuries, under influence of helenistic and Gnostic thought, Christians avoided portraying naked women or men in their art. This is sharp contrast to classical Greek art.
Representations of men and women tend to be sexless.
When the Renaissance broke out in Europe, artists rediscovered the reality of the human body. Men and women are portrayed as they are.
Discarding the misplaced shame about the body in the past, they are not afraid to be quite explicit. The glory of the human body reflects the glory of the Creator.