Embodying Gluttony as Women’s Wildness: Rembrandt’s Naked Woman Seated on a Mound, c. 1629–1631

  • Michelle Moseley-ChristianEmail author
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Rembrandt’s unusual c. 1629–1631 etching known as Naked Woman Seated on a Mound examined alongside other early modern northern European prints offers opportunities to probe how gendered representations of heavy-bodied women embodied a particular type of female otherness. Read in contexts of attitudes toward food and women’s appetites, certain fleshy bodies were implicitly linked to a threatening, unrestrained kind of sexuality. These images contributed to a broader discourse on how perceptions of the early modern female body influenced constructions of gendered, sexual power.

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  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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