A collection of paintings and drawings which showcase the female body throughout history.
This piece is a collection of several different poses and sizes of women. It was chosen for this gallery because it is a good showcase of how women were physically viewed during the early 1600's.
This piece is a drawing of the hands of a woman wearing pieces of jewelry. This piece shows great detail and gives a small peek of a bigger picture that others can imagine.
This is one of ten different pieces that were drawn as a collection of different female physiologies. This pieces was chosen because the Coquettish type uses their body to create a "playful" nature.
This is a study of a women's head, while the head is turned away. This piece gives a perspective that is not often seen in paintings and uses a subject that is perhaps older than one would expect.
This drawing is of a woman standing wearing clothing from the mid-1700's. This piece was chosen because it shows an accurate depiction of what any woman could look like during this time in history.
This painting is a portrait of a young french woman from the 1700's. This piece uses great amounts of coloring and shading to create the ideal woman for this time period.
This drawing is of a woman looking upward and to the right. The artist used very light lines on the hair and used darker lines on the face creating an ethereal look to the entire piece.
This painting is of a woman who is drying herself with a towel after washing. The artist used great positioning for this piece to give an unique look at common activities that highlight the body.
This painting shows a young woman sewing while sitting in a chair. This piece showcases what many people think of when thinking about women from past centuries compared to the modern day.
This is a painting of a woman's face as she is looking at the onlooker. This piece uses colors to create a surreal version of the average female face, while still highlighting the feminine features.
Credits: All media
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.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts
MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Tokyo National Museum
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