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Giving Famous Nudes the Photoshop Treatment

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Posted on Feb 14, 2012
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So much for Rubenesque: An artist by the memorable name of Anna Utopia Giordano has reshaped the famous figures of several nudes from classical paintings—think Velazquez, Bouguereau and Botticelli—to give them a 21st-century sensibility. (Read: They’re a lot skinnier.) Gimmicky, yes, but also arresting.  —KA

New York Daily News:

Giordano, also a model and actress, slimmed down subjects from several celebrated artists, including Botticelli, Francesco Hayez, J.A.D. Ingres and Titian, for the collection, called ‘Venus.’

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By Bolero, February 16, 2012 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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Can he give them a Brazillian too? :D

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By oddsox, February 16, 2012 at 4:26 am Link to this comment

Lafayette writes:
“Some people find female Rubenesque proportions highly appealing.”

Oui.

When younger, I would have appreciated Giordano’s efforts.
As I’ve aged, my tastes have “broadened,” and I find the revisionism a little creepy.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

I think this wasn’t about “bastardizing art” but making a point about what people have been educated, by media marketing, to the new “normal” that is anything but. Skinny these days really means nearly starved to death.

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By dick conoboy, February 15, 2012 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

Ha!  Let her try a Botero.

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By Leefeller, February 15, 2012 at 8:37 am Link to this comment

Any clown with a computer can do exactly what Anna Utopia Giordano did with Photoshop, bastardization of art seems to be the new thing, going hand in hand with crony politics. Alleged 21st century sensibility appears nothing more than sacrilegious actions against the original artists work, actually this seems no different then taking a spray can to the work and calling it sensibility.

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By Lafayette, February 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm Link to this comment

Anna Utopia Giordano has reshaped the famous figures of several nudes from classical paintings ... to give them a 21st-century sensibility.

Sensibility of what? 21st century female bulimia?

Some people find female Rubenesque proportions highly appealing.

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