User:Jahsonic/Notes on pubic hair in Western art
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The article features a collection of fig leaf images (illustration). The article clearly shows that Hubert and Jan van Eyck's depiction of Eve in a panel of the Ghent Altarpiece (ca. 1432) this is the earliest and at the same time fullest bush (left column, bottom) in Early Modern European art.
Pubic hair in paintings... the book Witches Lust and the Fall of Man. The Strange Phantasies of Hans Baldung Grien has a number of pictures with pubic hair which pre-date the Cranach by a few years I think.... (and not hidden under a cloth as in the Cranach)
- "Death and a Woman" (Basel) -clear coils of pubic hair.
- "Death and the Maiden" 1517 (Basle)- very clear pubic hair.
- Copy after Baldung in Munich -" Nude woman Holding a Mirror" - she holds a mirror between her legs, she has pubic hair which is also reflected in the mirror.
- After Baldung Grien, "Womens Bath with Mirror" Karlsruhe - two young women and an old woman, one of the young women has bushy pubic hair which she brushes, the old woman has scissors.
- There is also a drawing by Baldung of a woman with pubic hair, "Death and Maiden" 1515. Berlin.
I know of four Baldung Grien paintings from about 1515 with very clear pubic hair.