The Mirror of the Graces was a mission but it did underline what I was becoming more aware of. The body shapes of the time must have been as diverse and individual as now. The film and TV impressions are too narrow and reflect an idealised view.
|John Opie 1805|
|David 1800 Mme Recamier|
not extreme, tall enough, slim enough, high bosom, girlish rather than womanly, pretty face and smooth skin.
One of the greatest resources I have come across is pinterest. Not knowing where to start looking for individual websites it does give instant access to visual resources from almost everywhere.
For Mum - Pinterest is a site that allows you collect and group pictures on notice boards, add comments, and be nosey about what other people have found. The sheer number of images from this era was intimidating but after a while I spotted duplications, images from the same sources and began to spot the different styles. The worst thing about Pinterest is that pictures become detatched from their original source very quickly. It has been a good way to find other blogs and collections but I wanted to see things in context, to see what information was avialable. It is worth tracking back through the repins to try to locate the sources, Sometimes this has lead to great frustration but also to real treats - Try metmuseum.org, collections.lacma.org or http://www.wikipaintings.org/ for unexpected things like the Ingres drawings.