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April 28, 2020 12:53 PM   Subscribe

I would like to see paintings and sculptures of women whose lower bellies protrude a little or a lot. Would prefer art created prior to the early 1900s. Please help me view this part of my own body in a different light.
posted by Kitchen Witch to Grab Bag (15 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Rubens, The Feast of Venus

Rembrandt, Bathsheba at Her Bath
posted by praemunire at 1:00 PM on April 28

The Instagram account fatarthistory [nsfw] has featured a lot of the kind of art you’re looking for
posted by horizons at 1:11 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]

How about the good old (very old -- 30,000BCE) Venus of Willendorf.
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:13 PM on April 28 [3 favorites]

Titan: Venus of Urbino (aka Reclining Venus), Venus with a Mirror, Venus and Cupid, etc.
Kustodiev's Russian Venus (1926)
Canova’s Paolina Borghese as Venus Victorious sculpture
Some versions of Venus Anadyomene
posted by Iris Gambol at 1:29 PM on April 28

Falero's Vision of Faust (1878)
a very silly painting, straight-up soft-core erotica, and the very definition of the male gaze. but he liked the bellies.
posted by queenofbithynia at 2:16 PM on April 28 [6 favorites]

Nude with a Dove and Perspective by Tamara de Lempicka.
posted by missmobtown at 2:32 PM on April 28 [4 favorites]

The nude ladies painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder have exactly this! Check out his painting Adam and Eve, and The Judgement of Paris.
posted by Otter_Handler at 4:15 PM on April 28

Fat Art History is an Instagram account chock full of these examples (although recently they’ve been on a bit of a contemporary kick.)
posted by Grandysaur at 5:01 PM on April 28

Ma man Edwin Holgate
posted by St. Peepsburg at 6:09 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]

This is not exactly a right answer, but Danae by Klimt is a painting I go back to when I'm thinking along these lines. It doesn't show much of a belly, but it's a big female body in a painting and she's gorgeous.
posted by hought20 at 6:23 PM on April 28

Botticelli's the Birth of Venus and Primavera both show the ideal Renaissance female figure - supple but soft and round-bellied.
posted by I claim sanctuary at 12:04 AM on April 29

So many beautiful tummies, thank you for bringing me and my body image so much joy
posted by Kitchen Witch at 11:46 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]

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