Introduction:<br /> “The portrayal of men in art and design has evolved over the years in many way. One theme we have observed is that over the years, the line between masculine and feminine identity has become less defined in both culture and art.”<br />
Benin CulturePlaque of Chiefs in Pangolin Skin Artist Unknown, Bronze<br />This sculpture shows a defined masculine identity, supported by the ornaments and positioning. <br />
14th – 15th CenturyHans Baldung artwork<br />Although this painting is of both a man and a woman, there are evident similarities between the two, suggesting that the male and the female are not that different. However, the male is still in a more dominant position and the female in a more vulnerable position.<br />
20th centuryDying Swan by Mary Beth McKenzie<br />This man is questioning his identity. You can see the ballet slippers and makeup on the vanity in front of him, as he gently touches his face and gazes into the mirror. <br />
20th century<br />AmbroiseVollard by Auguste Renoir<br />This man is holding a sculpture of the female body, as if questioning the quality and role of the female in society. <br />
21st century<br />Painting by Dan Quintana<br />This woman is feminine yet confident and armed, she is in a dark and dangerous environment yet she is not scared. <br />
"Angel De Sodoma Y Gomorra" by Rafael Cauduro<br />This young girl seems to be in control of her environment and she has a confident stare in her eyes. <br />
Design/Architecture <br />Modern male architects are given more <br />of an opportunity to be more creative and imaginative<br /> with their artwork. <br />
Design/Architecture Art Nouveau Interior Design style<br />This design shows a mix of a very feminine Victorian style with a mix of today’s more modern masculine style. The bold structure as well as the light colors creates a very mixed feminine and masculine feel. <br />
In conclusion…<br />As depicted in these pieces, the line between masculinity and femininity have become less defined throughout time. Today, men and women have more freedom to express themselves without the strictly enforced gender roles and rules.<br />
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