Women 's Art Journey By Depicting Women

941 WordsMay 27, 20164 Pages
From ancient times to the present, many artists begin their art journey by depicting women. Although women have been excluded from art history for a few centuries, a closer look at what inspired great male artists shows they were still very much involved. For some of history’s most famous artists, the lives of women were not simple ones, they were more than muses or wives; they were partners in love, passion and creativity. As Marie-Therese Walter to Picasso, Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera. Before the modern art era, portraying a female nude in paintings were forbidden. However, this forbidden rule did not restrain artists’s passion for portraying women. Figures from Greek mythology rivalled saints and biblical characters in arts, providing endless opportunities for erotic portrayals. Of these, Venus was the most popular. According to myth, Kronos cut off Uranus’s genital and cast them into the sea, the foam of which symbolizes his semen. Aphrodite, or Venus, was born fully grown from that foam. Venus represents the goodness of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (c. 1484; Florence, Uffizi), Titian’s Venus of Urbino (c. 1538; Florence, Uffizi) and Francois Boucher’s The Toilette of Venus(c.1751, French, Paris) can all in their different ways be recognized as personifications of sexual beauty and also reflects the role of women in society. Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”” remains one of the profound treasures of the Florentine Renaissance.
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