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Venus Of Willendorf

Found near the town of Willendorf in Austria by an archaeologist named Joseph Szombathy, the approximately 4½ inch tall statue of a female figure most commonly known as the Venus of Willendorf or Woman of Willendorf is one of the earliest representations of the human figure ever created. The Venus of Willendorf possesses enlarged breasts, a rounded belly, and wide hips which all accentuate her fertility. Her arms and legs are extremely disproportionate as those are not vital to her fertility and...

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Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf Ever since the beginning of the Stone Age around 25,000 B.C. and throughout the late classical period in 400 B.C., we can infer and see that both men and women have been portrayed in many ways when viewing particular cultures around the time period. The representation of the female body can be seen through numerous pieces of Art. Ladies and Gentleman the figurine in front of you is called “The Venus of Willendorf”, and it is the oldest female figurine statuette...

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Venus of Willendorf

points and insights relating to sculpture of the Paleolithic era, specifically the Venus of Willendorf, through the essays of Christopher Witcombe. Venus is a term that has long been associated with artwork, most specifically the classical forms of beautiful women. The term Venus has also come to represent female sculptures of the Paleolithic era. The most notable of these female sculptures is the Venus of Willendorf, 24,000-22,000 BCE. The age of the figurine has been changed several times. Originally...

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"Venus" of Willendorf

woman, is the so-called "Venus" of Willendorf, is a 11.1 cm (4 3/8 inches) high statuette of a female figure, discovered at a Paleolithic site in 1908 at a Aurignacian loess deposit near the town of Willendorf in Austria. It is now in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. The statue was carved from oolitic limestone, and was colored with red orche. It is dated 30,000 and 25,000 BC. Her great age and pronounced female forms quickly established the Venus of Willendorf as an icon of prehistoric...

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Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf The Paleolithic era was the time of Homo-sapiens ascendancy. They were hunter-gatherers who survived off of killing animals for food and gathering things such as berries, nuts, and roots. They became more advanced than their ancestors by making tools like the hand axe, chisel, the arrow and spearhead, and the grinder. With some of these tools they would carve small sculpture, the most famous of which is the Venus of Willendorf, a figure representing the ideal woman. In today’s...

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The Venus Willendorf and Laussel

The Venus Willendorf and Laussel During the Upper Paleolithic era artists created a wide range of small sculptures. These sculptures were made from various materials, including ivory, bone, clay, and even stone. They represented humans, as well as animals; they even combined them at times. Most of the sculptures from this time show a high level of skill. From this time, there were two very influential sculptures, The Venus of Willendorf and the Venus of Laussel. This paper will discuss both...

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Venus of Willendorf: An Annotated Bibliography

ARH2050 Venus of Willendorf: An Annotated Bibliography Witcombe, C. 2003. “Women in Prehistory: The "Venus" of Willendorf” http://www.asu.edu/cfa/wwwcourses/art/SOACore/Willendorf_portfolio.htm Witecombe’s article was useful in describing the material the figure was carved from, oolitic limestone. He described the material as nonnative to the region, which he inferred that the figure must have traveled there from another area. Witecombe also described the method the Venus of Willendorf must have...

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The Venus of Willendorf Formal Analysis

The Venus of Willendorf is one of the oldest and most famous early images of a human. She represents what use to be the “ideal woman” with her curvy figure and the emphasis on fertility seen in the features of her sculpted body. This paper will analyze the Venus of Willendorf sculpture in terms of its formal analysis. Most of the information about the Venus of Willendorf is based on scientific research and theory because there is no actual documentation that dates back as far as the sculpture....

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Venus De Willendorf Vs. Barbie

Your Name April 21, 2013 Venus de Willendorf VS The Barbie Doll Who are they today? Venus de Willendorf and Barbie are two very different representations of women and their beauty. Both are man-made and inspirational, both from two very different times. Venus by the homosapiens millions of years ago and Barbie a mere fifty years ago by a woman and mother looking for a doll her daughter could play and grow with. In looking at Venus de Willendorf and the Barbie doll, they seem to be related...

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Venus of Willendorf: the Image of Beauty and Survival

Venus of Willendorf: The Image of Beauty and Survival The Venus of Willendorf illustrates the characteristics of a woman in a utopian society because her figure demonstrates a society in which there is a stable food supply, and her most feminine features, breasts, hips and buttocks, are accentuated as a symbol of beauty and survival. According to PBS, “It was discovered on the banks of the Danube River, in Austria, and it was most likely made by hunter-gatherers who lived in the area.” During ancient...

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