We do love a good ginger work of art when we see one. And Venus is quite a sight to see, flaunting her redheaded nakedness in pieces of art by Botticelli, Velazquez, Cabanel, and many more.
But Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has decided to show us how these pieces would likely be portrayed today, conforming to 21st-century ideas of beauty.
And the result is quite startling. In the manipulated paintings, Giordano shows Venus a few pounds light, with her figure skinnier, and in our opinion, less healthy.
The crazy thing is, any woman would kill for Venus’ body. So Giordano makes us question society’s ideals: why do we get so hung up on the ‘perfect body’?
Venus wasn’t skinny, why should we be?
What do you think of these new images? How should modern day ideals of the female body change?