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Rubens' top student.

 

Facebook forbids what was perfectly permissible in the 17th century: bare breasts

It's quite unbelievable that a 17th century woman was already so liberated, while today Facebook censors all images containing bare breasts.

Antwerp

The Rubens House in Antwerp has a fantastic painting by Michaelina Wautier (1614-1689). She was a brave woman, because it was only in the late 19th century that women were admitted to the Academy and that was in separate classes, with nude models wearing revealing tights. Michaelina, however, back in the 17th century, mostly painted naked men.

The Triumph of Bacchus also features a bare-breasted woman. As she is looking straight at the observer, we can assume that Michaelina has depicted herself. It's quite unbelievable that a 17th century woman was already so liberated, while today Facebook censors all images containing bare breasts.

26 works are known to be by her. Her work is certainly in no way inferior to that of her male colleagues of the time.

Expo Michaelina MAS -Michaelina Wautier, Bacchusstoet (c) Kunsthistoriches Museum Wien

The triumph of Bacchus, Michaelina Wautier - © Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien - © Kunsthistoriches Museum Wien

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