Women carry around their bodies for a lifetime. In large measure we come to understand ourselves as vessels through which ideas, biology and experience pass and flow.
Representation of the female body through history is problematic because
traditionally the audience was male. The female and her body traditionally came to represent that which is irrational, non-cerebral and in many religions, evoke anti-social or transgressive behavior. Lynda Nead (Theorizing the Female Nude, p. 6) argues "that one of the principal goals of the female nude [in western art history] has been the containment and regulation of the female sexual body." Classical Greek sculpture defined this task.
Kenneth Clark discusses Titian and Corregio as they perform the thorny task of defining the boundaries of sacred and profane ecstacy.