The classically plump women from Renaissance masterpieces like Sandro Botticelli 's "Birth of Venus" have been digitally slimmed down in a modern-day makeover, a striking show of how views of beauty can change with time. Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano used Photoshop to digitally slice and dice the voluptuous figures, flattening plump tummies and thinning out thick thighs, replacing strong and sturdy limbs with lean calves and skinny arms. The new renditions show the once-curvy women shrunk to waif-like forms with digitally enhanced breasts, similar to the ones splashed on the pages of fashion magazines today.
The reclining nude is a popular subject of fine art. The reclining male nude of classical art often indicated a victim: Sampson, in the arms of Delilah, or Jesus' body in the arms of his mother. The female reclining nude is considered to be an inventions of the Renaissance Venetian painter Giorgione.
The French post-impressionist painter and current subject of The Colour of Memory exhibition at Tate Modern, London, draws feet like pink rakes. There are, of course, things that Bonnard is truly great at: colour, evoking memory, breasts and torsos. Feet are not his forte.
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We're here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history: It's dirtier than you remember. Visions of Venus and sensual octopuses are probably filling your memory now -- yes, your art history classes were more exciting than you first thought. In celebration of the wildly erotic tendencies of artists over the centuries, we've put together a list of the most jaw-dropping-ly sensual artworks you might have forgotten about since your sophomore year stint in a Renaissance art survey course.
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Goya's Nude Maja, confident in her nakedness as she unashamedly gazes out at the viewer, is infamous for her direct confrontation. Rumored to be a portrait of Goya's own mistress, this painting was commissioned for the private boudoir of a wealthy patron, hidden from the public eye. But when discovered, this erotically-charged masterpiece shocked audiences at the time and paved the way for the transgressive, boundary-pushing ethos of Modern Art. When asked to make a painting of an angel, Gustave Courbet, the father of Realism, famously said, "I have never seen angels.