|25th October 2009||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
Timeless Beauty on the news (video)
Today's edition of the CBS Sunday Morning news program included a surprisingly positive, even glowing report on the full-figured ideal of beauty in Western art. The painting selections are excellent -- from Titian to Rubens to Renoir. It's a lovely piece. And there is something supremely delightful about seeing a full-size canvas of Rubens's Venus Before the Mirror hanging right beside the CBS anchor as he introduces the report:
The narration of the video is so good that it could have come straight from the Judgment of Paris:
From the acknowledgment of the Classical Greek origins of the beauty ideal, to the reference to this being an ideal "that's going to hold for eternity" (i.e., that it is indeed timeless), the piece is a rare, indeed unique example of true femininity being acknowledged by the mass media.
|26th October 2009||#2|
Join Date: July 2005
Re: Timeless Beauty on the news (video)
Sadly, most of the 90-min.-long CBS Sunday Morning program was outright hateful towards full-figured women. However, in the midst of that morass of curve-o-phobia, this one report stood out like a beacon.
It is a measure of how far the message of the aesthetic restoration has penetrated the mass consciousness that a report like this could even be conceived. The media usually denies even the existence of Old World aristocratic culture, likely fearing that society will find it preferable to the modern world order, and will wish for its return.
Here are a list of the paintings that appear in the video. Clicking on the painting links will bring you to their gallery pages, where you can learn the paintings' current locations, and view larger versions (if you click on the Pinacotheca images).
Renoir, The Bathers (1887)
Rubens, Venus before the Mirror (c.1613-14)
Rubens, The Judgment of Paris (c.1632-35 )
Titian, Venus with a Mirror (c.1555 )
Titian, DanaŽ (1545)
Titian, Venus of Urbino (c.1538)
Renoir, Bather on a Rock (1892)
Titian, Venus with Cupid and an Organist (1548)
Raphael, The Three Graces (1504-05)
Rubens, The Three Graces (c.1636-38)
Rubens, The Consequences of War (1637-38)
Rubens, Venus in Fur-Coat (c.1638 )
Rubens, Venus and Adonis (c.1635)
To have the media acknowledge (and the public realize) that throughout Western history, the fuller female figure, not the androgynous waif, represented the ideal of beauty, is a significant step forward. Now it only remains for the public to realize that this ideal is not merely a thing of the past, but a living possibility, a viable and preferable alternative to the alien, anti-feminine standard that has been imposed on society for the past century.
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