The Perceptions of a Woman
A variety of cultural depictions of women, and how their bodies were perceived through art.
This sculpture really stood out to me because of the emphasis on the birth canal, which I believe is there to help viewers quickly distinguish between a male or female figure.
This one is less detailed than the previous. I wanted to use this one as well just to show how important these 'holes' were to artists of this era when sculpting their female figures.
Compared to the previous two sculptures, this Cycladic figure would be harder to distinguish between male or female. The emphasis of the breasts and the lack of genitals are what make the difference.
The gender of this sculpture is really hard to identify, but I wanted to include this one just to give further proof of how different the perceptions of women were from culture to culture.
Mycenaean figures were usually not detailed. The arms, legs, and facial features were never defined. The difference of perception from this culture is blatant.
This is a mesopotamian figure that is shown to be female, considering the breasts that are present. You can distinctly differentiate this sculpture from the previous ones.
I believe this is an Egyptian woman, judging by the wig she is wearing. The Egyptian artists usually paid close attention to the body parts when sculpting male or female figures.
This figure really stood out to me because of the lengthy arms and torso. You can definitely see the difference of perception through this sculpture.
I wanted to include this sculpture in my gallery because it sort of represents a more modern view of a woman, judging by the detailed neck, stomach, feet, and the overall shape of the body.
Created by Giovanni da Bologna; Shows a woman bathing. I included this sculpture into the collection for a comparison between it and the previous sculptures, to show how details vary between each.
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This user gallery has been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Museum of Cycladic Art
The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection
National Museums of World Culture
Dallas Museum of Art
Museo de Zaragoza
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