Peter Paul Rubens is celebrated as one of the greatest painters of his age. Today, Rubens is more popularly known as the painter of 'big' women than he is for his actual art. Did Rubens set out to glorify the larger female form?
The female body is one of the oldest and most commonly depicted motifs in visual arts. Famous paintings of women had a profound influence on the world of art and popular culture that graced them with remarkable fame and an audience spanning far beyond the museum-going elite. In the mids Sandro Botticelli revolutionized the art world by painting the first non-religious nude since the ancient times.
People began to open up, get creative and paint and create things that had never been seen before. Well, check out these 15 paintings that prove Renaissance artists were total pervs. Can we all just take one small second to think about how uncomfortable this would be for both the woman and the horse? Where did this woman come from?
Everyday Health Healthy Living. Why are so many beautiful and interesting women preserved in art on canvas? Perhaps there are many reasons for their portraits, but most viewers will agree that such depictions are captivating not only in the attractiveness of the subject, but in the history behind the painting and her life.
The women plastered around today's billboards and magazine ads adhere to a very particular standard of beauty, one that, in real life, is nearly impossible to achieve. From size 0 waists to flawless complexion, contemporary "ideal" women resemble plastic mannequins more than the ladies you'd encounter, you know, in real life. Here to drive the point home is Lauren Wadewith the help of some of art history's most beloved nudes.
The below artworks are the most important by Romaine Brooks - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist. The crucial difference is that this woman is seen and painted by another woman, not by a man. As such the woman does not appear sexually available in the same way even though Brooks may indeed be physically attracted to her.
Movement: Young British Artists. The below artworks are the most important by Jenny Saville - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist. Viewed from below, the weighty figure dominates the frame. On the fleshy torso, Saville has inscribed the words of French feminist theorist Luce Irigaray: "delicate," "supportive," "irrational," "decorative," and "petite," all written backwards.