Updated: 07/01/2011 12:47 | By MSN Travel contributors
In pictures: the world's 50 most beautiful things

Most beautiful nude

Michaelangelo's David, an icon of sculptured perfection (© Fabrizio Giovannozzi/AP/PA)
  • Michaelangelo's David, an icon of sculptured perfection (© Fabrizio Giovannozzi/AP/PA)
  • Stilt bungalows over the still waters of Bora Bora Lagoon (© Jean Bernard Carillet/Lonely Planet)
  • The Regent diamond, famed for the purity of its cut, colour and clarity (© R.M.N.)
  • Alpamayo's graceful peak bathed in sunlight (© Grant Dixon/Lonely Planet)
  • Gustav Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (© Neue Galerie, New York)
  • The rare quetzals are famed for their vivid feathers and tails (© Christer Fredrickson/Lonely Planet)
  • The divine Winged Victory stands in the Louvre (© Lonny Kalfus/Getty)
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Disney's inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle (© Christof Stache/Lonely Planet)
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Sorry, no. Playboy shots aren't in contention. We were looking for things with a little more longevity. As such we've plumped for the most celebrated representation of the male form ever created. A work of which the 16th-century art historian Vasari wrote: "Whoever has seen this work need not trouble to see any other work executed in sculpture, either in our own or in other times, by no matter what craftsman." Phew! Michelangelo's statue of David was finished in 1504, the result of three years' work. It is to be found in Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

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