As long as there have been artists, there have been images of women captured for all time. The idea of beauty, and what people consider physically beautiful, has changed drastically over time and across cultures. But one thing remains true - the female form in face and body has been revered and admired by artists like no other subject.
The video collage below of women's portraits throughout the ages is a testament to that fact.
While for centuries artists have sought to make beautiful images of women, you can tell from watching this video that they also worked hard to go well beyond the technical, and even beyond the physical. You can see the care they took to bring forth expression, and emotion. Allowing you, the viewer, an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the personality of each woman.
The goal of portrait artists is not to just document a woman's external beauty, but more importantly, it is to show the person within. A good portrait reaches past someone's appearance, and makes you want to get to know the person behind the face.
From ancient paintings to contemporary abstract interpretations - this video is a good reminder that beauty is not only subjective and interpretive, but it comes in all forms.