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Famous Paintings Photoshopped Like Modern Fashion Models

gif_565x396_21efa2 Titian, Danaë With Eros, 1544 gif_565x362_fed333 Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1486 gif_565x313_698da2 Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Grande Odalisque, 1814 gif_565x558_b68f2a Raphael, Three Graces, 1504–1505

Unfortunately, today’s media offers a limiting vision of female beauty, urging all women to have slender waists and full chests. Bodies that deviate from this standard are tossed by the wayside by publishers and media giants, photoshopped into figures that conform to an often impossible ideal. But it wasn’t always like this; Baroque painters like Titian and Peter Paul Rubens idealized fuller figures, imagining their nudes with sensuous curves of the flesh.

Lauren Wade, a senior photo editor for Take Part, has seen firsthand the digital nipping and tucking that goes on behind the scenes in the publishing and entertainment industry. In response to the societal obsession with “perfect,” unrealistic female bodies, Wade has digitally altered Renaissance, Modernist, and Post-Impressionist masterpieces to mimic the ways in which fashion models and celebrities are edited today. By releasing a series of gifs showing the extreme lengths to which industry standards alter the human form, she hopes to bring awareness to the fact that what we see in the magazines is entirely unrealistic and to remind us that “beauty” comes in all shapes and sizes.

Here, the female subjects of Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas, once considered to be idealized, get uncomfortably slim waists and oversized breasts. Raphael’s three graces, once representing the characteristics of female perfection— charm, beauty, and creativity— are also cruelly altered. The goddess of beauty herself, Botticelli’s Venus, doesn’t conform to 21st century societal standards, and she too is deeply changed. Even Titian’s Cupid gets a makeover. Wade’s work reminds us that definitions of “beauty” are in constant flux; as the centuries pass, we set one arbitrary ideal before another. In the end, aren’t all figures lovely and worthy of artistic representation? (via Design Boom)
gif_565x284_ec25adFrancisco Goya, Nude Maya, 1797–1800gif_565x892_8e7435Amedeo Modigliani, Nude Sitting on a Divan, 1917gif_565x709_157bbaPaul Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women, 1899gif_565x590_4c3276Edgar Degas, La Toilette, 1884–86


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