This post started out with the best intentions. I made these delicious brown butter chocolate chip cookies that are not only spiked with chunky walnuts but also flavored with muscovado sugar, which gives them a deeper brown color and slight molasses flavor. In fact, these cookies were so delicious (and the perfect 3-bite size!) that most of them disappeared within hours of me baking them. But while I was browning the butter, making sure to get all of the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet into the batter, I couldn’t help thinking about butts. Not just any butts, but some of the best butts in art history.
Last year Kim Kardashian broke the internet (NSFW, google it) by posting a photo of her bare derrière online, and half of the world freaked out. But it’s important to note that the Kardashians weren’t the first to flash their butts in public – European art has already been doing that for centuries! With that in mind, I hereby present you with a short roundup of some of the best butts out there in art (in chronological order, but in no way order of importance)!
Can you spot the butt with music notes on it?
Isn’t this what everyone looks like when they are getting ready for bed?
Considered by many to be a masterpiece in American painting, this work by Eakins is interesting to me because of the context of which it was painted. Painted during the Victorian era, which was a notoriously prude and straitlaced time, Eakins’ composition of 6 nude men and a dog at a swimming hole was not as shocking as I would have imagined. While women during this time exuded a prim and proper feminine ideal (hello, hoop skirts!), apparently men swimming together nude was widely accepted and even considered normal. Here Eakins shows off his interest and mastery of the human form with a group of healthy, physical men, in a scene that at the time would have been considered very masculine.
Between 1890-92 Gérôme painted multiple variations of this theme from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, showing the moment where Pygmalion’s sculpture of Galatea comes to life. This miracle fulfilled Pygmalion’s greatest wish, to have a wife as beautiful as the sculpture he was creating. Talk about someone being too attached to his work…!
And there you have it – cookies made with rich, nutty brown butter and a combined 14 (visible) butts to check out while you snack on them!
Recipe adapted from Displaced Housewife