10 Shapes of Feminine - (Joseph Jones)

As time has shown, many artists have changed their viewpoint of the “perfect” female body in art. Different cultures have also had their own representations of the female body. This gallery shows different mediums, including painting and sculpture, of the female body’s shape throughout history and in different cultures.

This painting shows a woman who is praying, with a dog behind her. It was created in the 1480s in a Northern Renaissance style. The emphasis on her face shows a plain, pale complexion of a generic female for the time (the 15th century). The proportions show that her face carries a rounded form, insinuating that the rest of her body is well rounded too. There is no makeup to exemplify her beauty.
This painting shows a young female bride showing her right breast. It was created in 1506 during the High Renaissance period. Through contrast and the spaced used, it is clear to see the woman's healthy, pale body. The fact that she shows her breast may indicate maternity. A female with a larger structure (as seen through her shape) was known as the appropriate bride for many centuries, able to bear many healthy children.
The painting depicts a young, nude female readying herself for the day. The image was created in 1515 during the Renaissance period. The white texture of the woman's body stands out against the other objects within the image. Giovanni Bellini's chosen saturated colors brightens up her form appropriately, showing all of her curves. From her hips, to her stomach, to her breasts, the woman was created with the attributes of an appropriate child-bearing body for the 16th century.
The picture was created during the 17th century using a drawing and watercolor style and features a nude woman sitting on a stool. The naked female body is seen through the jagged sketch-like lines that Rembrandt used. Her curvy, wide figure is shown with her head dropped in emotion. This is an example of a healthy and wanted woman during the piece's creation period.
The statue depicts Vertumnus removing his face of an old woman to reveal a young man to Pomona, with a putto at her side. Created during the 18th century, the statue's representation of Pomona shows a woman with generic facial features with a fruit basket on her lap. Her shape is rounded (not thin) and her proportions indicate a young woman that has yet to give birth. The symmetrical balance of the statue shows immense detail to the bodies and other objects shown.
The painting shows a young woman clothed in a golden dress, leaning against a table top. The image was created in 1803 by a female artist (Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun) who used the Rococo style. The shape of the female body is mostly hidden underneath the beautiful dress, but the use of contrast clearly shows her body's proportions. Her face is specific, so it is said that the portrait may be painted off of Anne Catherine (a performer). This image is a great example of an individual female without generic attributes.
Through the medium of color woodcut, the image represents two fully clothed geishas with their drunk client. Made in 1805 during the Edo period (in Japan), this image uses organic lines to depict the faces of the females and male. The proportions of their faces are oval-like while their hands appear to be more natural. The bright colors of their lips, along with their chosen clothing, indicate the sexual difference between the women and the man. The hairstyles of the females take up more space in the image than the male, this was a popular hairstyle for females in the Japanese culture. It is a very different art style from the cultures of Europe during the 19th century.
A colorful piece, this painting shows a nude woman sitting down while reading. Created by a French artist in 1915 this piece is more abstract and uses lines and various color tones to represent the female and the objects surrounding her. Her shape takes up the main space within the image, showing that her body is the important characteristic of the painting. Her nude back shows wide hips and curves that indicate a more natural beauty. She is much leaner than the female body of interest of the past. This image is a good representation of the female body of choice at the start of the 20th century.
Finished in 1927, the statue depicts a woman posing in the nude. The movement of her figure indicates emotion rather than just a plain portrait design. Her proportions, shape, and balance show a young woman with a large, healthy body with curvy attributes. Her hips are wide, her stomach is curved, and her chest is full. The statue is an example of a full, healthy, and beautiful woman without obesity.
An unorthodox, but imaginative, design, the statue features a bald, naked woman posing in a strong stance. The medium used for this statue is slates of stainless steel and was created in 2005. A fascinating piece, the woman is shown with well-balanced proportions featuring a flat stomach, wide hips, and a full chest. The emphasis on her torso shows great detail to the modern female body. Her shape is curvy but is very thin in design. Although her face is unseen, the details show a generic face like that of a mannequin. This is a great example of a preferred female model body of today's generation.
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