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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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Meet Peter Paul Rubens.

He was a Flemish painter of the Baroque era, with a fondness for painting lush and sensual landscapes and portraits.

He was a Flemish painter of the Baroque era, with a fondness for painting lush and sensual landscapes and portraits.

Look at this ridiculous splendor.

I'll move there, happily, thank you.

I'll move there, happily, thank you.

As was typical of the time, Rubens' work exhibited little to no chill, as evidenced in this triptych from 1610, "The Descent From the Cross."

So dramatic.

So dramatic.

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.

Just the three fates, hanging out in the nude, as you do.

Just the three fates, hanging out in the nude, as you do.

Here's what he imagined Marie de'Medici was like getting off a damn boat.

Take a chill pill, Rubens.

Take a chill pill, Rubens.

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

He. Loved. Nudes.

Honestly, who doesn't?

Honestly, who doesn't?

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.

Look at all this beauty.

I MEAN

The man had a genuine, awe-inspiring appreciation for the female form, but understood the beauty of voluptuous women.

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.

Let these gorgeous women inspire you, and know that your body, just the way it is, has been revered for centuries.

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