Sublime et fustigée: La beauté de la femme dans la France classique


Abstract: 16th-century accounts and anecdotes unveil a very strict perception of womanhood: the importance of garments in concealing the body, the difference between noble and less noble parts of the body or that between upper and lower parts of the body. The dress, covering the body from the hips down is a mark of a morally defined aesthetics. The perfection of feminine beauty enforces an opposition between the sexes in the 16th century: feminine aesthetics, designed for creatures destined to be watched if not possessed, was created by God to make men better withstand the miseries of this world.

Keywords: utopie, Baldassare Castiglione, Thomas More, beauté «possédée»,
beauté moralisée