Nude hour glass figure. Before this, the Venus of Willendorf dating from the Ice Age stresses full aesthetic encompassing.
There was dramatic flattening of the entire body resulting in a more youthful aesthetic.
Upon closer inspection however, most of the women have fairly normal figures- Rubens has simply painted their flesh with rolls and ripples that otherwise would not be there.
To prevent the center of gravity in a women's body from being off balance, it is believed that evolution could have favored fat deposits in the gluteal region and the thighs.
While estrogen lessens the production of fat in the abdominal region, testosterone stimulates the growth of fat in the abdominal region.
Fat distribution in women is at its highest from their early teens to late middle age.
It should be noted that scientists have concluded that having such a figure reflects positively on a women's health and increases her rate of fertility.
Testosteroneon the other hand, has the opposite effect.
It also lifted and separated the breasts as opposed to the 17th century corsets which compressed and minimized the breasts.