"Betsabea nel bagno" The Hans Memling (1485); the painted woman embodies the ideal of female beauty era

“Bathsheba in the bath” The Hans Memling (1485); the painted woman embodies the ideal of female beauty era

To get an idea of ​​what type of women represented the ultimate dream of most Renaissance men, you can fare referencethe chin Bathsheba in the bath of Hans Memling (1435 circa-1494), a painting of 1485 now kept at the Stuttgart State Gallery: the features of the woman who had made himself the King David invaghire embodied quell time’ ideal courtly beauty that was establishing itself vigorously.

The young half-naked woman depicted in the center of the image shows a face with delicate features and clean, but a body from the forms decidedly “unfashionable” according to the current assessment criteria: the protruding belly and springs, small breasts and just shooting, The little general tone of skin and muscles, I am the exact opposite of the concept of attractiveness that reigns in the collective mind, which claims a dry carved woman.

Another striking feature of Bathsheba and the milky skin; fair skin, transparent, almost transparent, It was the only conceivable in the Renaissance, being the tan a '”invention” modern, further demonstration of how and how deeply changed the canons of beauty, not only women, over the centuries (Photo gives: sangoblogotina.blogspot.it).