I've been re-reading John Berger's "Ways Of Seeing", research for one of the PULPHOPE essays. He has an interesting chapter on portrayals of the nude throughout Western art history, from the ancients up through modern (20th c.) advertising. He says a description is an objective depiction and a depiction is a subjective description. Interesting idea, hard to illustrate.
The flaming giraffe comes from Dali, which is why I signed it with his name.