500 years of female beauty in western art

According to Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer from the first century C.E., a woman named Dibutades was the first human to ever draw anything of note, as she traced the silhouette of her lover on a wall. There will never be proof of this, of course, but mythology plays its role in valuing women in art. Even though women artists were unrepresented or just really barely represented as artists in a patriarchal artist society up until the end of the 20th century, they were more often than not the object of desire of men and, therefore, artists. They have been drawn for 500 years and in very different ways and some of the most famous paintings in the world are of women, for example, The Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Birth of Venus

In this video, we can see an evolution of female beauty throughout the years in a timescale of 500 years, and it is mesmerising. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Video by Philip Scott Johnson.


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