The nude has always particularly captivated artists and viewers, with the depiction of the human body a classic exercise in all forms of fine art. This fascination in no way waned with the arrival of a new art form – photography. In fact, it has undoubtedly contributed both to the exploration of human anatomy and morphology as well as to the collective erotic imagination. Taken from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day, a selection of more than 300 photographs guides the reader through countless variations in the depiction of the nude, each with their own aesthetic, political, social, artistic and formal implications, through the works of major photographers. The volume concludes with an index of artists and biographies of the main photographers.