Monday, 5 October 2009

"Venus Pudica"

Expulsion of Adam and Eve by Masaccio, 1422-26

Birth of Venus by Botticelli, (c.1485)

I adore this highly renowned pose in Renaissance art and sculpture. Whether reclined or standing, the female form is presented in such a delicate, modest fashion. This relates to my passion for life drawing (earlier post) and this trend from the Renaissance created a visually pleasing pose that I cannot get enough of drawing. A smooth sway flows through the female form and it was depicted best in these works when women's "rolls" were portrayed in all their glory! As they should be...

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