How Has Art Shaped Female Beauty Ideal?

What do you SEE in a work of art?

It could be fashion, architecture, famous myth, scenery, maybe even skillful use of light or brilliant color combination. What I began to notice when studying art history was distinguishing female beauty ideals that vary in time and region. Hmm.. You are not so sure?

This is going to be a very typical comparison that you may find in every intro art history book, but it’s simple as it is. These two images are distinctive representations of Venus. In The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the goddess of beauty is manifested with sexual, well-proportionated body figure and light skin with rosy cheeks.

~1485 Tempera on wood, 172.5 × 278.5 cm (67 7/8 × 109 5/8 in) Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence Digital restoration: Dale Cotton:
Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, Oil on Canvas, 1484–1486
Venus of Willendorf, Limestone, 28,000 B.C.E – 25,000 B.C.E.

This Venus figurine from 22,000 B.C.E., on the other hand, has far different characteristics on its physicality. You can’t draw many beauty standards from it, but one thing is loud and clear: she’s got huge breasts and hips. Probably that was the parameter of female beauty ideal many centuries ago.

This is just a tiny snippet of what art history can tell us about female beauty ideals. Check out more on ARTSY.



Written by Joomi lee, BBuzzArt Marketing

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