Art's famous nudes receive 21st Century re-working

By Duncan Wilson

For the son of an art teacher, I don't know much about Renaissance paintings. OK, I'll admit it, I don't know much about art full-stop (just don't tell mum!). I did, however, stop and read this art story with interest.

Italian creative Anna Utopia Giordano has created a number of 21st Century 'updates' to some of history's most-famous nude classics.

The key difference? The female curves.

The remakes conform to what Giordano believes are 21st Century ideas of beauty.

Using Photoshop to splice and dice the originals, she gave the nudes non-existent tummies and enhanced their breasts.

“Art is always in search of the perfect physical form,” Giordano wrote on her website.

“It has evolved through history, from the classical proportions of ancient Greece to the prosperous beauty of the Renaissance, to the spindly look of models like Twiggy and the athletic look of our own time.”

Here is a selection of her work, complete with the originals for you to compare.

Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, featuring thighs, hips and a tummy. Photograph: Uffizi Gallery, Florence/Corbis

Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, featuring thighs, hips and a tummy. Photograph: Uffizi Gallery, Florence/Corbis

Giordano's 21st Century venus. Stick-thin with round boobs. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano's 21st Century venus. Stick-thin with round boobs. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Angelo Bronzino's Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time. Photograph: National Gallery, London/Corbis.

Angelo Bronzino's Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time. Photograph: National Gallery, London/Corbis.

Giordano's Venus carries a slightly different story. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano's Venus carries a slightly different story. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Alexandre Cabanel: The Birth of Venus. Photograph: The Gallery Collection/Corbis

Alexandre Cabanel: The Birth of Venus. Photograph: The Gallery Collection/Corbis

Giordano's shows a more-lightweight Venus. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano's shows a more-lightweight Venus. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Sleeping Venus. Photograph: Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, New Jersey.

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Sleeping Venus. Photograph: Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, New Jersey.

Giordano's slimmer Venus sleeps easier. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano's slimmer Venus sleeps easier. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Venus Anadyomene. Photograph: Bridgeman Art Library

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Venus Anadyomene. Photograph: Bridgeman Art Library

Giordano's Venus showing her somewhat slimmer features. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano's Venus showing her somewhat slimmer features. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Velazquez: The Toilet of Venus. Photograph: Hulton Archives/getty

Velazquez: The Toilet of Venus. Photograph: Hulton Archives/getty

Giordano takes hold and the voluptuousness is gone. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano takes hold and the voluptuousness is gone. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Titian: The Venus of Urbino. Photograph: Uffizi Gallery, Florence/Corbis

Titian: The Venus of Urbino. Photograph: Uffizi Gallery, Florence/Corbis

Giordano's reimagination of Titian's Venus. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

Giordano's reimagination of Titian's Venus. Photograph: www.annautopiagiordano.it

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