As you know, I require the initial email to be at least 150 words in length. This is the first email I received from a friend who just found out that I was a naturist. I reprinted the email here with my friend's permission.

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Great Naturists in History

While the Dragonfly Beach crowd may seem like a relatively recent phenomenon, we must remember hundreds of its historical predecessors. Painters throughout history have celebrated the freedoms enjoyed by present-day Dragonfly Beachcombers.

Letís begin with creation: Birth of Venus* by Sandro Boticelli (circa 1485). This early beachcomber knew how to arrive in style. She arrives at her naturist event by clamshell, surrounded by sea nymphs. Boticelli chose mythological themes to capture naturist activities.

Not to be outdone, Michelangelo, himself, chose Christian themes to showcase naturist activities. A quick trip to the Sistine Chapel will reveal the Creation of Man (1511) -- God creating Adam, the original naturist. Leonardo Da Vinci did not limit his naturists to bucolic landscapes. The Vitruvian Man provides somewhat of a biology / anatomy lesson of early naturists.

Edouard Manet (1863) captures the reluctance of some naturists to get with the program in Le Dejeuner Sur LíHerbe or Luncheon on the Grass. One woman, perhaps a charter member in France, demonstrates naturist hospitality as her guests remain skeptical. Perhaps they felt chilled and disrobed as the afternoon sun warmed their picnic.

Henri Matisse (1910) captures another group enjoying an early square Dance. Unfortunately, the one dancer in the foreground seems to have lost her balance, but the lead dancer at the left keeps the others on the beat.

I hope this short introduction opens up new avenues of naturist activity. Why limit activities to the out of doors? Art appreciation can and should be enjoyed as unencumbered as possible.

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