The Original Batgirl

Erotica // Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014

Albert-Joseph Penot's 1890 painting entitled "Bat Woman" predates Batman, Batgirl or any of the comic reincarnates, yet she exudes a familiar sense of cosmic intention. While contemporary representations of superheroes with bat-like affiliations tend to feature skin-tight nylong masks and leggings, Penot's Batwoman is entirely nude, giving her a much more natural, almost feral connotation. We're pretty sure that this version of Batwoman is a villain, and one who doesn't have much time to mess around with capes and nylon.



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