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...