karin frank, the willendorf venus couple
karin frank, the willendorf venus couple
karin frank, the willendorf venus couple
karin frank, the willendorf venus couple
karin frank, the willendorf venus couple
 

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the willendorf venus couple



One thing that the figure is certainly not is a 'Venus', which stems from an entirely different geographical region and a different culture's mythology. Whatever the truth here maybe, by placing a partner at the female figure's side, Karin Frank has presented an interesting hypothesis on Palaeolithic Stone Age gender relations, and so aimed in a social direction. Her 'Adonis' has all of the attributes of an athletic hunter with his horn-tipped spear and apotropaic helmet. Her new 'Venus' has been given muscular arms in place of stunted insect-like little arms, and her legs have feet, and in contrast to the faceless original she has an alert gaze, which characterises her as a potentially proactive woman, as a subject instead of an object.
(Elisabeth Priedl)


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