The artworks highlighted on our page are dated from the 1500's to the present.  The art reflects the impact of societal ideals imposed on women as a result of the male gaze.  The male gaze is a universal vision effecting all realms of culture, especially pop culture.  Women are seen in a specific way and are usually viewed as if they were objects.  After examining many forms of art, including sculpture, painting, and photographs, we have concluded that throughout history the content of fine art may have changed, however, the major theme remains the same:  Art has been shaped in many ways by the male gaze.

   Nineteenth century artworks show women as their natural selves. Women were shown with larger bodies, chubby faces, and their facial structures were not as idealized, as they are today.  Comparing this to modern times, you see many changes.  These women who were considered art, did not have the standard body, face, and even hair as it is today.  The images by Augste Renoir works reflect the "normal" or "natural" body ideal for the male gaze in the nineteenth century.  The paintings by Auguste Renoir, perfectly represents the male gaze at that time.  As said before, the idea of the male gaze has not changed, but the standards have.  Throughout history women had to fit the specific standards that men considered beautiful.  These standards have changed drastically through time.  Today, women are not seen with bigger bodies, chubby faces, or messy hair.  In the nineteenth century bigger was better and that was considered beautiful.  The faces of these women are not perfectly shaped like the models of today.  The standards of beauty in art have changed, yet the idea of the male gaze is still present.

   As you look at these two pictures of current fine art you should see one thing the same as past art works--that they are created in the male gaze.   But one thing that has changed through out time is the shape of the female body in art.  Currently, painters paint their models smaller, and photographers photo smaller models.  Two examples that illustrate this terms are Sally Davies Painting "Painting no. 201" and the painting "A Naked Women in a Futuristic City".  The most striking thing the same in both this works is the pose.  Both women are posed in very sexual ways. Even though the women in the "Painting no. 201" is not naked she is still seen  as a  sexual object.  One of the big thing in her pose is that the four leaf cover is falling in to her lap. Just by have that the painter is almost saying that women get lucky between their legs.  And in "A Naked Women in a Futuristic City" the pose that the women is in make it so the view can see everything, it almost makes it porno graphical. 
     It is in My opinion after studing the female nudes of fine art: thier size and shaoe have experienced a dramatic decrease over the centuries.  The represevtation of the female nude on canvas and other art forms have been created by men, for men and in the wayin  which men veiw women.
     I focused my exploration of art to the year 1500-1800's.  After studing many famous pieces, I have discovered that many containing nude women are positioned with their male audience in mind.  Many women face this veiwer, whether it be the artist, the owner or in a method that explicitly projects her eye contact with the veiwer(voyeur).  It is because of the universal male gaze that these models have been repesented in the method they appear.  Because most art works were created by men and for men that I feel their opinions have shaped what is universaly accepted as normal.

    In fact, when you view art through the age, you will notice a definate shift in almost every century in the way in which women's body image are depicted.  As we approach art from the past to the present, there is a noticable trend in which the size of a women's body becomes smaller and smaller.  Is this say some thing  about the relation ship between men and women?  Yes!  Woemn are forced to conform to the male gaze in order to remain accectable. It is because of this notion of conforming to the male appear, that we see women becoming thiner and thiner. What I what to Know then, how long is this standard of beauty going to last?  If this trend continues in the path in which it is in, I can not imagine what it is going to become the future standard of beauty.  Rather than allow men to destroy what is considered femaline, women need to decide for themselves what is considered ideal for them.  Nothing can change what has happened in the past but what can change is the future image of women. Become strong indivuals not objects of desire.