Ompare and Contrast Paintings by Peter Paul Ruben and Nicolas Poussin

Write 2-3 page paper about the following pairs of paintings:

Peter Paul Rubens s The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus
Nicolas Poussin s The Rape of the Sabine Women

Compare and contrast the representations of women. To do this, you might want to think about and respond to these types of questions:

How is the woman represented as an object; what can you tell about her, about her social status, about her personality, about what kind of character she is, who she is from the painted image?

Can you try to reconstruct what the artist s attitude to his/her subject was?

What do you think the ultimate message of the artwork is?

Who is the active figure? the passive figure?

Think about the representation of the sexes, the representation of the women in the work and the representation of the men. What are the differences? similarities? And what is the meaning of those differences and/or similarities?

Is there a sexual power hierarchy at play in the image? Who is in charge? Who holds the power?

What might be the underlying message about how the sexes behave?

What are the sexual politics of the situation represented? Visual desire?