April 06, 2012

Classical art in "modern skinny"

 classical forms and shape of famous Venus

I've stumbled on this amazing article, where Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has taken some amazing classical paintings of nudes from the past and re-imaged them to show what they would look like if their bodies conformed to what the 21st-century thinks of as an ideal of beauty.

 Venus through the modern beauty lense

I am honestly somewhat in a haze right now - I'm not sure what to think.  The modernized bodies are definitely what currently is considered as beautiful ( and some would even be considered "imperfect", that could be better). Yet , all of a sudden , they lost the feminine beauty. In my eyes at least. Go here to see more. 

PS: Show&Tell in life and polka-dots just below this post. 

What do you think? Am I the only one that thinks that classical beauty IS more beautiful then modern interpretation? Do you think that modern imaging became more girly, and less feminine?


  1. I love both versions. I think they are all beautiful. What captivates me isn't their bodies, but their poses. Such confidence and movement within a still shot.

    1. You know, I think that skinnier, modern ones lack femininity in it... Yes, modern images are beautiful ( well, some are), but they lack that "woman" part - they look girly. And as much as it is cute to be a little girl, all of a sudden they lost their empowering glow. To me, at least :)

  2. You are not the only one who thinks so. I've felt pressure growing up to not only be skinnier, but to be less feminine. Actresses chosen for lead roles these days have an air of masculine superiority, as if they can't show weakness, and are beautiful in their leveling up to men. They have to be fit like marathoners, styled like beach models, and poised like they are on the defense and cannot be caught in delicate femininity.

    This is okay, if it suits your passions. But I long to live as I naturally am. I am athletic (a former gymnast)...but I do not work out to change my feminine curves, and I don't want to lose my spirit of girliness, romanticism, or admiration for natural beauty. I suppose I long to be accepted, like everyone else - just by outdated standards, standards that would paint me as I am.


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