BLACK VENUS RESEARCH PAPER - ART 211 RESEARCH WRITING...

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OCTOBER 17 2007 ART 211 RESEARCH & WRITING ASSIGNMENT In the October fifth Weekend Arts section of the New York Times, I noticed a large photo of a metallic looking statue on the front page, similar to what we had recently been studying in class. It had large eyes (possibly praising a God), a head disproportionate to its body, and large breasts. The reviewer questions its use and purpose similar to the way we analyze similar figures in class. The piece is a sculpture from a reliquary ensemble, a seated female sometimes called the Black Venus. Part of the “Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary”, the Black Venus is described as having flawless, glowing skin, an organic yet abstract body, succulent arms, and mushroom-like shoulders. The figure was created at the summit of the Fang culture, and  became synonymous with a new standard of beauty. The Black Venus is  currently being displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibit  dedicated to African relics. 
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