Essay on VC Visual Analysis Aphrodite of Cnidus and Advertisements

Submitted By jess1185
Words: 1247
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Visual Analysis and Comparison

Figure 1 (see appendices image no 1), Aphrodite of Cnidus, is a Greek marble statue by Praxiteles made around 375-335 BCE. Praxiteles was the first Greek sculpt of Athens who sculpt the nude female form in life-size statues.
This work depicts the Greek Goddess of love and beauty called Aphrodite. She is seen as the equivalent of the Roman Goddess Venus.
The sculpture depicts a female nude in an upright standing position. The figure is holding, I suggest, a garment in her left hand and is covering herself with her right hand. Her posture suggests a sense of movement as her hip is presented on a slight angle and her left leg appears to be depicted in the moment just before she was moving forward. This posture enhances the female form by visually accentuating a large hip and a narrow waist. The head of the figure is sculpted on a slight cant and looking towards the left, which suggests the figure is looking away. This feature gives a dreamy impression of mental absence.

Figure 2 (see appendices image no 2), Birth of Venus, is a painting by the Italian painter Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (who is better known as Sandro Botticelli) and was made 1490.
This painting, Birth of Venus (La Nascita di Venere) is held in a large scale.
My analysis will focus on the female figure (Venus) depicted centrally placed in the image, who represents the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity.
The female figure (Venus) is depicted in an up-right standing position and is partially covering herself with both hands. Her posture again enhanced the female form by accentuating the large hip and the narrow waist enhanced through the angle of her hip. In this image the figure appears standing and therefore more passive. Her head is depicted on a slight angle and the figure is looking away. These features give the impression the figure is in a dream-like state, which appears very passive and vulnerable.

Figure 3 (see appendices image no 3) is an advertisement presenting Victoria Secrets 2013 bikini collection. Victoria Secret is an American retailer of lingerie founded by Roy Raymond in 1977. This photographic image depicts the fashion model Allessandra Ambrosio (born 1981). Fashion models appear to represent ideals of beauty and prosperity in contemporary.
The female figure is depicted centrally placed in the image and is partially covering herself with her right hand. Her posture suggests a sense of movement; her hip is depicted on an angle as if she is walking forward. This feature enhanced the female form by accentuating the hip and the small waist. The figure appears to be looking at the viewer.

Figure 4 (see appendices image no 4) is a painting by the artist collaboration Muntean/Rosenblum made 2011. Muntean/Rosenblum consist of Adi Rosenblum (born 1962 in Israel) and Markus Muntean (born 1962 in Austria), who have been working in collaboration since 1992. The artists focus on contemporary culture, construction of identity and consumer culture in their concepts.
The untitled work depicts a female figure centrally placed in the image in a standing position on a jumping board in a swimming pool environment. The figure is partially covering herself with her left hand and appears to be walking towards the viewer. Her hip is depicted on an angle, which enhances the accentuation of the hip and the small waist. Her legs are crossed, which appears unnatural and exaggerated. The figure appears to be looking at the viewer, while her head is on a slight cant facing towards the right side of the image. The figures posture appears passive and dream-like, which gives the impression (even though the figure is looking at the viewer) that she is focused on herself.

All images in this analysis depict female figures in similar postures, which enhance the female form. All figures give a passive, insightful impression as well as appear not engaging with their environments. The female figures…