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500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

It’s one thing to see how beauty standards have changed over 100 years via commercial advertising and newspaper clippings. It’s entirely another to see how visual creative licence has played with the female image over the last 500 years. From the large eyed pale waifs, to buxom maids, all the way to abstraction in the modern era.

Also I’m not gonna lie, it kind of freaks me out a little watching all these faces mesh together.

Starting to be a theme around here recently.

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  1. Annie says:

    Several of the ‘women’, including the icon that opens the show, are actually young men.

    The assumption that the women wouldn’t have noticed that their faces had been changed (were they too stupid to know what they looked like ?) and that the artists doing so were men is not very flattering to women.

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