Beauty Wounded by Cupid. The Tale of the Goats.

Gender and body

Gender and sexuality

Gender stereotypes: subject of history / allegory

These two canvases provide an example of how women were depicted at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. The work of Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench represented a formal change within his milieu, although its content reflects common models in the plastic arts of the period. The female figure is depicted lying horizontally, recreating a position repeated throughout the history of art. It was used to represent allegories such as love, art and truth itself. Since the 1980s, from a feminist perspective, this same image has been associated with the concept of sexual object and with a reductionist conception of women’s capabilities, summed up as their reproductive function. In this case, the point of inflection is virginity, the loss of innocence, which characterizes the shepherdess and which Beauty wounded by Cupid has just lost.