The Venus of Willendorf

             It is hard to compare "The Venus of Willendorf,” the.

             "Aphrodite of Kindos,” and the "Yakshi” sculptures based on.

             their religious uses or their respective time periods, which.

             range from 25,000 B.C. to 30 A.D. However, it is safe to say.

             that the female nude has been around for a very long time.

             "The Venus of Willendorf” depicts a faceless woman with.

             large legs, stomach, and breasts. Her arms rest atop her.

             breasts, and she was more than likely used in fertility.

             rituals. The body is extremely rounded with very little.

             definition. In contrast the "Aphrodite of Kindos,”.

             4th-century B.C., shows the great detail of the evolving.

             Greek artists of this time period. She has ample hips and.

             curvaceous breasts. Her hour glass figure is accentuated by.

             her muscular definition and detailed face and hair. She.

             flows with grace as she leaves the bath in this depiction to.

             be seen "in the round,” or from all angles. Her beauty is.

             timeless and still admirable today. The "Yakshi” sculpture.

             has been somewhat corroded by the hands of time, but is.

             still shown to be a quality piece. This deity of fertility.

             has large birthing hips and voluptuous breasts. Her body too.

             depicts movement that invites one to view her from a variety.

             of angles. Unfortunately, time has marred her face, but.

             there is still some degree of visibility of her full legs.

             and sensuous belly that add to her exotic beauty and appeal.

             She is less defined than the "Aphrodite,” but far more.

             stylized than the "Venus.” It is safe to assume that though.

             the figures of these three sculptures differ greatly that.

             they all represent what was considered beautiful and.

             desirable in their respective cultures. The only thing truly.

             comparable about the three is their curvature. Even though.

             their muscle tone contrast vastly they all have curves that.

             emphasize their breasts, hips, and thighs. That being.

             stated, one can only hope to appreciate these three works on.

             an individual basis in regards to the culture, time period,.

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