My fair lady

The fairest female portraits and sculptures that came out of the time during and surrounding the High Renaissance.

Religion played an important role in the High Renaissance in that it was taught alongside mathematics and science and believed to be a pivotal part of someone's best self.
The woman of Samaria is a story of a woman of many transgressions that was approached by Jesus and given new life. This second chance and forgiveness is fitting with the pursuit of their "best self".
People of that time, and even in modern Catholicism, saw Mary as an important member of their religion. The staging and overall effect of this composition essentially frame Mary at the center.
The almost seductive Amor having her back turned and legs framing the boys is characteristic of the glorification of the female figure.
Praised for her beauty, this woman who posed for this painting was also the woman who posed for the classic Venus portraits. The texture and lighting are characteristic of the High Renaissance period.
Catholicism and religion in general were important to the culture of the High Renaissance. Being pure in the eyes of God and of their culture was something that was sought after quite heavily.
While religion was turning more to monotheism, there was still a strong connection to the polytheistic beliefs. The lit and seductive Venus struggling with clothed Adonis is framed by dark shades.
Fortuna, a goddess of some cultures during that time, was looked at as a vengeful goddess. Shown in the drawing is a strong Fortuna staged as standing tall over fallen angels and cherubs.
Full figured woman with a healthy looking child most likely served as a devotional for a wealthy family. The mother is supported by a scenic view of what is believed to be the Netherlands.
Painted by a teacher of the Venetian school, this portrait is well balanced both left to right and front to back. The female form, again glorified is the focal point of this portrait.
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