Art nude is a work depicting the vision of an artist working with the human form naked. Be it paintings, photographs, or mixed media, the art nude is a term attempting to give an artistic depiction of a nude human form.
Some of the earlier artists who used nude models for their art were Michelangelo, Botticelli and DaVinci. Early photographers who have well known works of the "art nude" are Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Anne Brigman, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz.
Many photographers began to use the term figurenude to describe their "art nude" photos. One notable early adopter of the term figurenude was Jerry Avenaim.