— Venus of Willendorf

Another nod to International Woman’s Day…


…here is a fascinating 11cm tall statuette dating between 24,000 and 22,000 years BCE (before common era). It is one of the earliest depictions of the female form.

The statue was found in 1908 by the archaeologist Josef Szombathy in an Aurignacian loess deposit in a terrace about 30 meters above the Danube river near the town of Willendorf in Austria. Tinted with red ochre, and unable to stand on it’s own feet; this figure is thought to be a symbol of fertility with it’s voluptuous curves and detail put into the vuvla. It tells us about the certain taste in the female figure, whilst it lacks in facial detail. You can read into that as much as you like…


This could be the era that truly started off the fascination (or obsession?) with the female as a visual piece of art. It is commonly perceived to have started during the Renaissance when the female nude was presented in oil paintings which progressed into engraving, and then photography, and finally film and television. But this statue dates it way back!


Via: Wikipedia and Art History Resources

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