Eighth Anniversary & Table of Contents
As of today, December 12th, The Judgment of Paris celebrates its eighth anniversary.
It was precisely eight years ago that the first Liis pages were posted, and since then, the site has grown like a medieval village, with new sections added organically, over time.
We have discussed the methodology of this Web project on numerous occasions, particularly in several essays on the site's various forums (this being just one example), so there is little need to compose yet another mission statement.
Instead, we will devote this anniversary post to providing a "table of contents" for a focussed series of discussions that appeared on the present forum, over the past year.
Last year's anniversary topic spotlighted the voluptuous Isabel de Porcel, who was Goya's model for the most famous and beautiful painting of his career. That post became the germ of an idea, and throughout 2006, we devoted numerous threads to examining the history of feminine beauty in Western culture, observing how this timeless ideal was enshrined in Old World literature and philosophy.
These discussions originally appeared out of historical sequence; therefore, for ease of reference, here is a list of the posts relating to this topic, arranged in chronological order. The titles refer to the authors, works, or historical personages examined:
Primeval beginnings: The Nature of Paleolithic Art
And the following post, initiated by one of the forum's readers,
The Apocalypse: A Critical History of 20th-Century Art
suggests how this noble legacy was destroyed.
Together, these essays paint a representative picture of the ideal of feminine beauty as it was conceived throughout the history of Western civilization. Far from showing that "bodies go in and out of fashion" (a cynical modern myth), these inquiries instead reveal that it was specifically and exclusively the fuller female figure that embodied the ideal of beauty from the dawn of time, up until the 20th century.
Re: Eighth Anniversary
This is the crux of the issue, and always has been. It's really quite sinister how the modern media has set up a false opposition between "thin and glamorous" vs. "plus and ordinary-looking"; or "thin fantasy" vs. "ugly reality." What lies!!
What about "plus and glamorous!"
What about "full-figured fantasy!"
Of course people want fantasy. Of course people need ideals. Of course people adore beauty. It's human nature. Dream and aspiration are essential to human existence, and a world without beauty (with nothing but ugly "reality") would not be worth living in. But those ideals and fantasy can be embodied in the full-figured form of Classical beauty, not in the shape of modern androgyny.
It's nice to have the links to the historical posts compiled here, because together, they do show that "plus fantasy" and the "full-figured ideal" not only existed, but existend for millennia -- throughout history, in fact. This is a truth that the modern media has tried to suppress, by basically erasing an awareness of history from modern consciousness.
It's time we all started remembering, rediscovering -- and restoring.
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