What makes these sculptures masculine or feminine?
newhere’s Answer: In my honest opinion, I think that both of these are masculine and feminine in their own way (Some likes of which would be too controversial if I explain more in detail about it.) Also, Just like the sculptures made for the Pharaoh kings and queens of Egypt, these Greek versions were made nude so clothes, weapons, and other hand helds (artifacts/Antiquities of today’s standards) could be added to them later when they finished sculpting and painting the bodies. But, unlike Egypt (who gave women equality like men and high powered positions in their culture) The Greeks didn’t want their women to be in a position of power which some of the more feminine statues represented in one way or another (Which is why if you look at almost all of the female statues compared to the males, their stoned ligaments were badly damaged.) Furthermore, I believe that this particular version of Venus de Milo’s arms had been damaged/removed on purpose because the one(s) who might of first discovered it, did not want the rest of the world to see what she was holding in her hands and supporting on her left knee (Which probably had a tremendous influence of how women should of been in the Greek culture) Let alone the rest of the world in today’s era.
How can color and texture affect the presentation of gender in ancient works of art?
newhere’s Answer: Color/Texture can give a more in depth look at how you feel when looking at these works of art. It also brings life to the formality of it and helps us to relate to these edifices that normally without it would not show.