In the Renaissance period being fat meant to show the “value” of the human body and pureness.

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In the Renaissance period being fat meant to show the “value” of the human body and pureness.This was the time when realism was a way of expression and it included exhibitionism (as known today).
Women were considered beautiful and sexy if they were fat.
Men would like to have a “healthy” woman at home.
Keep in mind that the life expectancy was short (maybe 25 yrs).
The reason why they are “fat” is because the artists made them look like they do in real life.
All a mind set really, like today being emaciated means wealth and beauty or what appears to be..
it was before weight watchers…
Actually ever since the dawn of man up until the 1900s large woman were considered to be the beautiful women,
due to signs of fertility…large breast large hips “can have babies “.
They were never considered fat.. but full figure.
Not everyone is naked only the gods and goddesses.
Artists were not allowed to paint just anybody nude.
They are not naked by the way they are nude. Big difference.
Naked is when somebody catches you at home half dressed. Nude is worn like our clothes the difference is
– it fits each of us perfectly and becomes the most important part of our “Masterpeice Of Bone”.
During the Renaissance the nude was used to decorate everything; silverware, railings in the house, sculpture in the house and garden. It also was the second stage of pornography.

It all had to do with the meaning of the word ” Renaissance “, which means “Rebirth”. What was being reborn? The classical period of Greece when the nude was at its most perfect. Take a look at Greek sculpture from the classical or late time period. It is exquisite. The Renaissance was a cultural movement that began in Florence in the 1400’s, then spread throughout most of Europe, and lasted into the early years of the 16th century. Because the heart of the Renaissance era dealt with an idolization of the art and literature from the ancient civilizations of Rome and Greece, the perception of what was considered beautiful changed. Women of the Renaissance period did not concern themselves with things like a few extra pounds of weight. In fact, just the opposite was true. The ideal beauty of that era was more voluptuous than perhaps any other time in history. Paintings from the Renaissance period often focused on women who would today be considered fat. However, at that time, their figures and forms were considered the height of sexiness. Women of the Renaissance Era were in many ways more “natural” than the women of today. Cosmetics were not considered a necessity and clothing was varied enough that even the most discerning woman could express her own style. While some women wore corsets, they weren’t necessarily required as they would become in other eras. A woman’s natural form – as given to her by God – was considered to be absolutely perfect. “A little meat on the bones” was a good thing and not something to be hidden. 

While no era in time has or likely ever will be perfect for womankind, it is perhaps the Renaissance Era that best
celebrated the soft, natural, graceful curves of the feminine physique. What a pity that this attitude has been lost in time.
People know not their true beauty for they take not the time to visually see but rather focus on what they don’t “see” the nude body as a certian Majesty, it shouldn’t be concealed but unleashed in it’s purest form.
This is a stark contrast to modern attitudes! Nowadays, unless you literally starve yourself to death, women can’t get remotely skinny enough to be ‘Attractive’. At five foot seven, a US size 12/14 jeans and 14 /16 tops due to the twins, I am considered overweight, whereas during the Renaissance period natural women were prized for their God-given bodies.

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5 Responses to In the Renaissance period being fat meant to show the “value” of the human body and pureness.

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  2. Michael says:

    “The reason why they are “fat” is because the artists made them look like they do in real life.”

    That’s not quite true. Look at the test sketches of the drawings and the models weren’t as plump. That was often added on later as an artistic statement. Feeding oneself back then wasn’t easy and life was full of physical labor. Unless you were rich, chances are, you didn’t eat too many calories and you worked your butt off every day just to survive. The “average” lady wasn’t that plump. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t desired though! What society considers beautiful and what the women of that age actually look like can be different. In fact, they often are. Usually, beauty is associated with something rare. If everyone is skinny, skinny isn’t beautiful. If everyone is plump, plump isn’t beautiful. Paintings of naked women back then weren’t anymore “realistic” than the supermodels or porn stars of today. Look at the non-romanticized paintings of the times, the ones that depict everyday people, peasants, etc. Those are the paintings that show how they looked in “real life.”

    Or, look at the nude males in that same era. Are they from “real life” too? Are we to assume that all men back then had huge muscles and six packs? Because that’s how they’re depicted. It’s probably fair to right about curves and plumpness in terms of the concept of beauty at the time, but don’t confuse the images presented as what’s desirable for a statement of what they looked like “in real life” at the time.

    Imagine the articles that are going to be written 200 years from now and what confused things they’d say if they based their concept of what women looked like in “real life” based on the popular pictures of naked women we make today.

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