"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted." -Holy Qur’an (49:13)
Thomas Eakins, The Swimming Hole Thomas Eakins’ masterpiece depicting the male nude celebrates the figures of friends and students (and the painter himself), which caused a stir in fine art circles. The Swimming Hole was based a series of photos Eakins snapped at Dove Lake near Philadelphia. The above 1883 black and white shows the subjects lounging on the rocks, while their poses in the painting allude to classical sculpture.