The works selected for the exhibition testify how at the start of the XX century the representation of the female body starts bursting at the seams. Following the deep impact of the Second World War, Feminism and Freudâ€™s theories, the female representation started reflecting the contradictions of a rapidly changing society.
However, it is only from the beginning of the 1960s that the struggle for equal rights generates a deep change in female self-perception and a widening in womenâ€™s perspectives in many environments, including the artistic one.
Between the XIX and XX century, beside the feminine ideal of the Angel in the house, the unsettling figure of the femme fatale emerges: feared and craved at the same time, she becomes a diva on screen, an independent woman, in charge of her own destiny.
The female naked body, in its most intimate dimension is helpless, powerless, fragile, a sublime example of grace and beauty, the incarnation of the artistsâ€™ poetic essence, the emblematic embodiment of their aesthetics.
In the XX century, photography and psychological investigation transform portraiture into a representation of the artistsâ€™ perception of themselves and of other people; they depict women believing they can ascertain their own soul, their most profound inner sense...