Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down

What if Venus had "modeled" for Victoria's Secret instead of Botticelli? Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano took a Photoshop scalpel to 12 famous nude Venuses to see what art history class would've been like "if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past." As a result, rounded bellies become concave, modest bosoms are augmented, and thighs are minimized.

At first, the slideshow is jarring: these "classic" nudes are suddenly, uh, NSFW. But it's worth remembering that all but one of the "great artists" Giordano included are male, and that their paintings are not photographs of real women but rather their own conceptions of how the ideal female form should be shaped. We're used to thinking of airbrushed women with Barbie doll-dimensions as over-sexualized, but it's not like their Renaissance/Baroque/etc counterparts weren't objectified as well.

Startling Photoshop Makeovers of Classic Nudes in Art [Flavorwire]
Venus [Anna Utopia Giordano]

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


William-Aldolphe Bouguereau, The Birth of Venus

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


Sandro Botticelli, La Nascita di Venere

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


Angelo Bronzino, Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down

Francesco Hayez, Venus

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


6. J.A.D. Ingres, Venus Anadyomene

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down

Tiziano Vecellio, Venere di Urbino, before

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


Tiziano Vecellio, Venere di Urbino, after

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down

Diego Velázquez, Venere e Cupido, before

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


Diego Velázquez, Venere e Cupido, after

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down

Artemisia Gentileschi, The Sleeping Venus, before

Art's Classic Nudes Get a Photoshop Slim-Down


Artemisia Gentileschi, The Sleeping Venus, after