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Unformatted text preview: ArtH 210 Gargiulo Focus Assignment #1 Woman of Willendorf . ca. 28,000-25,000 BCE. Limestone, height 4 3/8”. Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna. This is a nude female figure most likely associated with fertility. Some observations that lead to this conclusion are seen in her plump breasts, extended belly, and her genitalia between her legs. The artist does not give the figure a face mainly to stress the importance and significance of her other body parts. Her large breasts represent health for the new born because they give nutrition to the infant with the breast-milk. Her exaggerated oversize belly signifies fertility, or pregnancy, This figure is very small in size, standing only 11.1 cm. This shows its portability and may have been used as a good luck charm either at the time of birth in hopes of having a healthy baby, or also have given women hope of becoming fertile and able to become pregnant. Perhaps a midwife would carry this around with her whenever she needed to deliver a baby in hopes of a successful...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course ARTH 210 taught by Professor Gargiulo during the Spring '08 term at Sonoma.
- Spring '08