Photoshopping the Classics
Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano (great name... can that be the name she was born with?) has created a series of works that comment on the media obsession with photoshopping models to look thin and flawless. She's taken famous classical nudes and made them thinner. So Botticelli's Venus gets slimmed down for the beach, as does Francesco Hayez's Venus. The New York Daily News quotes her as saying:
Art is always in search of the perfect physical form. It has evolved through history, from the classical proportions of ancient Greece to the prosperous beauty of the Renaissance, to the spindly look of models like Twiggy and the athletic look of our own time.
I have always found reality to be ever-so-much better than some scare-crowish ideal. The body dimensions portrayed in ads and the media as 'perfect' would, in reality, signal some serious health/psychological issues. Give me healthy and 'real' any time!!Posted by daveprime in Deep in the sticks...*yay internet!!* on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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