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What do you SEE in a work of art?

What do you SEE in a work of art?


It could be fashion, architecture, famous myth, exotic scenery, maybe even artist's skillful use of light or brilliant color choices. What I began to notice when studying art history was distinguishing female beauty ideals that vary in time and region. Hmm.. You are not so sure?

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, Oil on Canvas, 1484–1486
Venus of Willendorf, Limestone, 28,000 B.C.E – 25,000 B.C.E.

This is going to be a very typical comparison that you may find in every intro art history book. It's simple as this. These two works are distinctive representations of Venus. In Botticelli's Birth of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love is manifested as a female whose body is perfectly proportioned and light skinned. Also she's got that rosy cheeks that make her look as lively and cheery.

The Venus figurine from 22,000 B.C.E., on the other hand, has far different characteristics on its physicality. You can't draw many beauty standards from this particular work, but one thing is clear: she's got huge breasts and hips. Probably that was the parameter of female beauty ideal many centuries ago.

This is just a tiny snippet of what art history can tell us about female beauty ideals. Why don't you start looking around female images (time has changed, but there are still so many! probably in different contexts though) at BBuzzArt and you can point out what is considered gorgeous and beautiful in our time. This could be a fun game!
  • Category : OTHERS
  • Posting : 2017. 07. 14

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Gopal Khadka

The minimal style is well coordinated with mythical contents and miserable atmosphere.
2017. 09. 21

Thamel Neil

This delicate style of artwork is defined through its vibrant contents creates mysterious feeling in general.fb
2017. 09. 16

Billy Park

Beauty !!
2017. 07. 14