To start off the comparison between the woman from Willendorf and Aphrodite of Melos, it’s important to give a brief overview of both. The Woman from Willendorf was a Human free-standing figurine from the upper paleolithic period(pg 6), depicting a woman with an emphasis on her womanly traits, such as her breast and hips. She is thought to be a votive figure; which tribes would offer to another tribe as a sign of fertility and that the other tribe wanted to mingle with their tribe. The Aphrodite of Melos was found on the Island of Milos and is from the Hellenistic period in history.(pg157) It depicts a sensualized depiction of the Greek goddess, Aphrodite’s. The Greeks were cannier on finding the ideal versions of beauty and that can really
Introduction The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli was painted between 1482 and 1485 (UFFIZI, n.d.). Commissioned by the Medici family, it depicts Venus floating on a seashell. To her right is Zephyrus, God of Winds, with Aura. To her left is Horae, Goddess of the Seasons, waiting to receive her with a flower embroidered robe. In the Roman myth, Venus was conceived when the god Uranus was castrated by his son Titan Cronus and his severed genitals fertilized the sea. The scene in The Birth of Venus depicts the moment that Venus emerges from the sea in a seashell and lands at Paphos in Cyprus. For the painting, Botticelli was inspired by a few verses of poetry by humanist and Renaissance poet, Agnolo Poliziano, which describe the myth of Venus' birth (Corsini, 1998, p.5). The direct inspiration from a piece of Renaissance poetry, another form of art, relates to how similar ideas and formal organizations existed in both architecture and the allied arts of the Italian Renaissance. The verses read:
I think that the symbolical significance of the prehistoric cultural figures like the Venus of Willendorf deals mostly with the religious and social aspects of the human existence. Cultural critics and historians point out that during ancient time primitive societies were mostly matriarchic and a woman was considered a symbol
Statue of Venus (the Mazarin Venus) Artist: Unknown Origin: Rome, A.D. 100 200 Height: 72-7/16 inches Material: Marble On display: The Getty Villa Malibu Retrieved: 22 April 2013 from http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=7562 The statue is a Roman reproduction of a Greek work. It shows Venus, the goddess of love, standing bare-breasted and clutching a piece of cloth draped around her hips. At her feet, there is a dolphin that, practically, adds support to the piece and artistically makes an allusion to Venus's birth from the sea. As the notes from the Getty Museum explain, the statue is derived from a very popular Greek statue created by the sculptor Praxiteles around 350 B.C. The statue was so popular that it was copied by many artists.
Venus Ebony Starr Williams born June 17, 1980 in California is and American tennis player. She was taught by her father at a very young age and became a professional player in 1994 at just the age of 14. In 1997 she became the first unseeded U.S. Open women’s finalist in the open era. She was the first black woman to become World Number 1. At the Olympics in Sydney, Australia she won the gold medal in the singles competition and then won another gold medal in the doubles competition with her sister Serena. Venus has had many victories over her lifetime, even though she has been faced with some setbacks (The Biography.com website).
Across, Europe at various archeological sites, archaeologist most famous artifacts found is the Woman (Venus of Willendorf). For the most part, it showed that an early civilization of the Upper Paleolithic period, and the practice of their ritual, and creating sculptural arts and cave drawing. During, they ‘re moment across Europe following the herds of animal during the changing seasons. Accordingly, scholars, believe the Woman (Venus of Willendorf) found in Austria dating from 22,000 to 21,000 BCE, (Paleolithic pg. 6). However, the 4 to 5 inches sculptural artifact found would be used for religious and spiritual influence, and the female figurines imagery suggests they have been marilined, were the line of descent is through the woman in
In some cultures, people believe that art, magic and rituals will promote fertility. Some believe that an object, such as a statue, could contain the power of fertility. One example would be the Venus of Willendorf. Venus was a name given to female figurines and was thought to be a goddess. This figure is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and looks like an obese woman. The roundness of her body could suggest that she has had multiple children, being very fertile. Another example is The Figure of a Deity. This is a male statue that has his many children clinging to his entire body. This is to say he is a very fertile male. There are many rituals that relate to sex and fertility and having lots of children and a large family
Woman from Willendorf and Alexandros of Antioch-on-the-Orontes, Aphrodite of Melos Woman from Willendorf and Alexandros of Antioch-on-the-Orontes, Aphrodite of Melos have many differences. Woman from Willendorf which was estimated to have been carved in 24,000 BCE. It was discovered in 1908 near Willendorf, by Josef Szombathy. This figure’s material is limestone,
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Venus of Urbino demonstrates a beautiful, young woman, Venus, lying nude on what appears to be a reclined couch or bed. However, the woman illustrated means much more than merely a nude woman. There have been many interpretations of this beautiful woman over the years but many art historians agree that the Venus of Urbino has to do unambiguously with the male sexual desire for the female nude body.
Currently there are two theories as to why the Paleolithic people created the Venus de Willendorf. The first and least popular idea of her creation is based upon her voluptuous body and abundance of overall body fat. Some see the fact that her people were hunters and gatherers fighting to survive, having so much body would help to keep one warm enough to survive along with providing warmth to another. The other modern belief is that Venus was a symbol fertility. The exaggerated breasts, buttocks and knowledge that she had red dye painted around her genital region suggesting menstruation, bringing attention to the beauty of women and all attributes used for reproduction and child bearing. Either way, Venus was seen as a symbol of sex, desire and beauty to the Paleolithic culture so many millions of years ago.
Female artists have been largely absent from their contribution to art history, despite many women being excellent academic painters. Instead, women have been painted and sculptured from the viewpoint of men, often nude, passive, waiting and beautiful. These reclining nudes were intended as objects of desire painted from, and for a male perspective. For example, The Venus of Urbino, 1538, (Figure 1), by Titian was created for the Duke of Urbino Guidobaldo II Della Rovere, as a present for his young wife, Giulia Varano. This artwork was purposefully erotic, as a reminder to the young woman of her marital obligations, and role in society. The woman pictured in the artwork was evidently beautiful with her fullness, and her contrasting light skin
The Venus of Willendorf is one of the oldest and most famous early images of a human. She represents what use to be the “ideal woman” with her curvy figure and the emphasis on fertility seen in the features of her sculpted body. This paper will analyze the Venus of
The Birth of Venus is a magnificent piece of art, which was created by the artist Sandro Botecelli between the years of 1482 to 1485. It is considered as one of the most classic and extravagant pieces of art. Botecelli’s masterpiece resembles that of classic antiquity. The painting itself hung in the country villa of the Medici. It is also an example of XV century Italian painting. It is one of the first examples of paintings on a canvas. It’s theme comes from Ovid’s metamorphosis, which was considered as a vital part of Latin Literature. In the painting, Venus is depicted who is considered to be the goddess of love. On her right is the goddess of the winds, Zephyrus, who is depicted to blow the goddess of love a shore. This tells the viewer
The painting, The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, created in 1484-1486, is tempera paint on canvas. Tempera is paint made with pigment that has a water-soluble binder. It was popular to use Canvas because it costed less than wood. The painting was created and inspired by the poet Homer because after Venus was born she rode on a shell. The painting shows a lot of detail in unexpected areas like the hair, sky, the shell, and more because of the brushwork. I think that there could be more detail in the facial expressions. I think that the artist tried to make her look pure because her face is calm. Giving birth is a beautiful thing but it is not calm. The Birth of Venus just shows purity and innocence. The face does have good detail because