n°52/ Male and Female He Made Them

January 2013


by Nathalie Azoulai


"And God made man in his image, in the image of God he made him: male and female he made them." Have a look at Michelangelo's sculptures. His Dying Slave whose muscular arms are definitely those of a man bends his left leg so graciously, like a ballerina would bend hers. And his hips? They are wide and round like male hips will never ever be. His Bacchus is all the same awkwardly slender in spite of his obvious male figure as if the artist were able to inject a male body with female hormones. Because"both male and female Michelangelo made him", Let alone Caravaggio creatures. How about nineteenth century English painter Rossetti ? His model Jane Morris was officially a woman but look at her in The Day Dream painting: isn't her neck oddly huge and strong? Aren't her oversized feet more than a 9? Did these great artists ignore female proportions? Of course they didn't but when they want to challenge Mother Nature, personal fantasies just take over.…

 Dante Gabriel Rossetti