Art’s great nudes have gone skinny
Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has created a visual re-imagination of historic nude paintings, had the subjects conformed their bodies to what the 21st century considers an ideal of beauty. The results are revealing—and quite shocking in what they say about the modern attitude toward women’s bodies.
“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”
~ Leo F. Buscaglia
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“… really, it is all too much these days … Trayvon, state legislatures mandating the vaginal rape wand, strip searches for any arrest … and I find myself wondering how any group of people resist the slow, steady march of fear and paranoia and hate that lead to the most brutal of oppressive states. that produce and reproduce violence. How do we see through the denials and amnesias that make us believe, really, it is nothing. That keep us from connecting the dots.”
My incredible friend Lori Amy
“This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.”
A person’s life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened.
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