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This Is Why "Rubenesque" Is Actually The Best Compliment You Can Get

If you slept thru art history, you missed out, man.

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Here's a melodramatic selection from his very famous Marie de' Medici cycle, which is 24 paintings that depict an allegorical retelling of Marie de' Medici's life.

There's one thing about all of Rubens' work that becomes apparent the more you look at it.

Not just any nudes. Instead of the classically beautiful, thin women you think of when you think of women in art, Rubens spent most of his time exalting in the lush splendor of the full figured female form.

Rubenesque is a polite, flattering and kind compliment that is inclusive of the one body type that's the most maligned in contemporary culture today.

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