The Toilet of Venus, Rubens c.1614
“…item, two lips indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; item, one neck, one chin, and so forth.”
Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
Let’s be clear… fashions change, in beauty as in all else. Many of the celebrated beauties of history would not cut the mustard by today’s standards. Cleopatra had a big nose. Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, was fat by the time they met. And Rubens’ Venus had cellulite. The list could go on. These women, accounted great beauties in their day, to modern eyes may lack that certain something we are almost indoctrinated to seek. Was it just fashion that gave them their place in history? Or was there more to these women? Charm, grace, laughter and intellect; or did they exude that sensuality that attracts regardless of face?
I was speaking with a woman today, very beautiful…
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