classic proportions (of) fat


classic proportions (of) fat
   Originally, classic meant belonging to the literature of Greek or Latin antiquity when that was considered the only stuff worth reading, less taxing literature being written in the vernacular, or Romance, whence our modern romantic novels. The female models chosen by Rubens and other old masters, or classic painters, were nearly always on the plump side.

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