Photoshopped Painting Of Venus Questions Our “Ideal” Standard Of Beauty

Young models, like in Seventeen magazine, are not the only females getting digitally enhanced and fully photoshopped to unrealistic proportions these days. Throughout many famous paintings of the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Venus has been slenderized and boob-ified in Anna Utopia Giordano’s showcase, titled “Venus.”

An Italian artist, Giordano took some of the most famous paintings of the nudey lady and stripped her down to fit the vicious 21st century beauty standards that pour through magazine pages everyday. Curvaceous thighs and fuller tummies were tucked, and all breasts were given implants. All of them. (See the “after” version of Botticelli’s painting after the jump.)

Throughout her showcase, in an exhibition called “Why goddesses are so beautiful: love and beauty in antiquity” in the Museum Het Valkhof, Giordano does an eye-opening job at portraying how ridiculously easy it is for fashion magazines to digitally manipulate any image of any woman.

With digital enhancement becoming such a huge problem within the magazine world, I would love to see more artists depict the simplicity of Photoshopping women within paintings of different eras. By seeing before and after images of the once idealized beauty of Venus, we are able to further understand how much change the image of “beauty” has been through across many countries and through many centuries. Because our standard for what’s beautiful seems to be constantly changing, how can we possibly define it in such strict terms? [Venus]