Friday, 10 February 2012

Goddess Ideal 2012

Through Twitter I found a link to a Daily Mail article, as I seem to be finding so much these days on there, which addressed an interesting issue of the aesthetics of the woman's body. The article in question - What if Botticelli had Photoshop - looks at glorious old paintings by Sandro Botticelli, Francesco Hayez and other painters who obviously adored women's figures with a bit of meat on them. Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has edited the original images with the use of Photoshop, to impose the 'size zero' body shape that society is so obsessed with. The images raise the question of the ideology of a woman's body in the modern day, where the original paintings portray curved and rounded figures and the edited images a much slender ,yet still busty, female figure.

 Venus Playing with Two Doves [1830] by Francesco Hayez.

 The Birth of Venus [1485-6] by Sandro Botticelli

 The Birth of Venus [1485-6] by Sandro Botticelli
Edited version.

The Birth Of Venus (1879), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The difference in the figures is fairly striking. The difference in the bodies would be a number a dress sizes in this modern era and yet women, and men, strive to have a slender body. What ever happened to having a bit of meat on you like the pale curves of these stunning paintings? What is it that strives people to be slender, as personally, I believe that there is a limit to when being slender becomes worryingly too thin.Of course, some women are born with a naturally skinny frame, but the majority of us have curves, lumps and bumps in various places. Look at the body shapes that magazines promote- Pear, Apple, Hour-glass, Column, Cello, Upside-down triangle, triangle and even more. This endless amount of metaphors to define our body shape clearly shows we are all different and we should embrace our bust-waist-hips figures whatever way they curve.


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