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Venus comparison: Willendorf and de Milo

Description-
Describe the visual style, media, scale, theme, color, texture, scale, pattern and form of Venus of Willendorf 25,000 BCE and Aphrodite (Venus de Milo) 150 BCE.
Comparison-
What are visual similarities between the two sculptures?
What are the main visual differences between the two sculptures?
Analysis-
How was the historical time and culture that the art was made in, reflected in the style and appearance of the art?
What was the main story/ theme of Venus of Willendorf and Aphrodite the same or different from each other?
Judgment-
In your opinion, did both artwork have traditional female beauty at that time?
Why or why not???
Was the art work successful at demonstrating the main theme?

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Describe the visual style, media, scale, theme, color, texture, pattern and form of Venus of Willendorf 25,000 BCE and Aphrodite (Venus de Milo) 150 BCE.
The visual style of both pieces is using vertical dominance - they are both human forms depicted on the vertical axis. One is small, hand-held, the other is larger than life size, self-standing.
The Willendorf is made of stone not native to the area where it was found, suggesting it was traded for, or made in another place and transported. The Aphrodite is made of locally quarried marble.
The Willendorf fits in the hand, indeed, is small enough to be inserted vaginally, which some scholars think might have been its purpose as a fertility fetish. The Aphrodite is monumental in size, larger than life size.
The theme of the Willendorf is the essential and ample Earth Mother, the giver of life, a goddess. The Aphrodite is a stylistically perfected human female form, as befits a perfect goddess.
Both sculptures are now the natural color ...

Solution Summary

Comparison and analysis of the form and function of two sculptures of Venus (or the goddess of female beauty) the Venus of Willendorf (pre-historic) and the Venus de Milo, or Aphrodite.

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