What kinds of messages can be conveyed through a body’s posture and pose?
For thousands of years, the female body has been a primary subject in art. How this body has been represented can give us insight into a given culture’s sex and gender ideologies, its ideals of beauty, and its attitudes toward the body. Painted thousands of years apart, Sargent’s Madame X and Djehutyhotep’s sister strike a similar pose. Viewed within their original contexts, however, they communicated very different ideas.