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Saturday, April 2, 2016

What If Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped to Look Like Fashion Models?

What If Famous Paintings
Were Photoshopped
to Look Like Fashion Models?
From the Renaissance to impressionism, these painted ladies now have a lot more thigh gap.
Whether it’s tucking tummies, contouring jaw lines, enlarging eyes and lips, brushing out cellulite, or full-out head swapping, I’ve seen it all as a photo editor. While the conversation about the media’s portrayal and obsession with an unrealistic and unattainable beauty standard is not a new one, I think it’s crazy how much retouching people don’t notice. Over the last five years, having done many of the quick, subtle fixes that are the industry standard myself, I know that even an image considered to look “natural” is anything but.
Of course it hasn’t always been that way. Throughout art history, painters from Titian to Rubens to Gauguin found beauty in the bodies of women who would never fit into a size 0. But what would these famous works of art look like were they to conform to today’s Photoshopped standards of beauty? We’ve taken a digital liquefy brush to the painstakingly layered oils of some of the most celebrated paintings of the female form, nipping and tucking at will. There may be something sacrilegious in that, but the same could be said for our contemporary ideas of beauty.

Is there a classic work of art you'd like to see Photoshopped to meet today's beauty standards? Email Lauren your ideas.

Danaë With Eros, 1544

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Grande Odalisque, 1814

Edgar Degas
La Toilette, 1884–86

Three Graces, 1504–1505

Paul Gauguin
Two Tahitian Women, 1899

Francisco Goya
Nude Maya, 1797–1800

Sandro Botticelli
Birth of Venus, 1486


Amedeo Modigliani
Nude Sitting on a Divan, 1917

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