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Sunday, June 03, 2007

In the Eye of the Beholder

This video shows 500 years of women portrayed in Western art. It moves pretty quickly, but I tried to notice what changed and what stayed the same as far as percieved Beauty. For one thing, they all have darling feminine noses (something I don't really have) and lovely lips - well except Mona Lisa and the cubism pieces. I'm not sure about the eyes since I only watched it once.

What do you think? Has the idea of Beauty changed over the centuries?

12 Comments:

  • At 3:07 AM, Blogger KimAmburn said…

    Like you said, it moved a little fast for me to key in on too much, but am I right in saying that in the first half most of them were brunettes with dark eyes and towards the end you saw more redheads and blonds? Anyway, I thought the video itself is a work of art.

     
  • At 4:25 AM, Blogger Marly Mathews said…

    Great video! Thanks for sharing! I agree with Kim, the video itself is a work of art! :)

    ~Marly

     
  • At 6:30 AM, Blogger Kristen said…

    Nice work of art.

    The thing I noticed (when I wasn't getting lost in the music) was how symmetrical the features were on the women.

    Amazing paintings.

     
  • At 7:38 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Kim, I'd thought about the hairstyles changing, but not the color. Good catch.

    K, I hadn't noticed the symmetry either. The music IS quite nice. :)

    Marly, I agree - it's a work of art. It baffles my mind how they do things like this.

     
  • At 8:07 AM, Blogger Shelli Stevens said…

    They're all so gorgeous...and young looking. Fascinating video!

     
  • At 8:39 AM, Blogger Tempest Knight said…

    I think what has changed is the weight thingy.

     
  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Oh yes, Tempest...the weight thingy has definitely changed as far as perceived beauty. Darn it!

    Shelli, you're right - they're all young. I did see a Rembrandt once that was his grandmother, I think. It definitely would've been out of place here. LOL.

     
  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Aura said…

    Nice Ellen. It really is interesting to see how the perception of beauty has changed over the years. :)

     
  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Aura said…

    Nice Ellen. It really is interesting to see how the perception of beauty has changed over the years. :)

     
  • At 8:31 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Yep, A. Also, I bet none of these past models used botox, silicone, or liposuction to enhance their looks. I hope those things don't define beauty today.

     
  • At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Viv said…

    Amazing! I watched it twice, paying close attention to the nose/lip combo the first time. The second time through I focused on the eyes and the arch of the eyebrow. For the most part, the size of the eye and distance between eye and brow stayed the same. It seems beauty is very symmetrical. :) Great movie, thanks for sharing it.

     
  • At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Suzanne said…

    Yeah, it'd be nice if skinny-skinny wasn't the ideal anymore.

     

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