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Brigida Spinola Doria by Peter Paul Reubens, 1605 Italy, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has taken some great (and, to be honest, not so great) paintings of nudes from the past and reimagined what they would look like if their bodies conformed to what the 21st-century thinks of as an ideal of beauty. The results are revealing – and quite shocking in what they say about our modern attitudes to women's bodies

unboxing the statue of liberty, 1885

Retronaut - 1885: Unboxing the Statue of Liberty

Fresco found in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Flora picking flowers by the sea.

Sofonisba Anguissola. Without the possibility of studying anatomy or drawing from life, she could not undertake the complex multi-figure compositions required for large-scale religious or history paintings. Self-portraits & family members were her most frequent subjects. Anguissola is significant to feminist art historians. Her great success opened the way for larger numbers of women to pursue serious careers as artists

'Constellation' made with one single string by Kumi Yamashita (New York City-based artist)

Threadified Facial Portraits

Odalisque by Sir Frederick Leighton

A Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress. For centuries, people thought this painting was the work of a 19th century German artist imitating the renaissance style. Then, in 2009, a fingerprint was discovered on the upper left-hand corner of the painting that is believed to be Leonardo da Vinci's. If this really is one of his paintings - and it looks like it is - it will be the first new Da Vinci work discovered in a century. It amazes me when art and science collide like this.

"La Gioconda" in 1503-06 by Leonardo Da Vinci (Vinci, 1452- Amboise,1519). Oil on a poplar panel. Renaissance painting exhibited at the Musée du Louvre. Is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The ambiguity of the subject's expression, described as enigmatic, the monumentality of the composition, the subtle modeling of forms and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.

Site officiel du musée du Louvre

Solomon Joseph Solomon (1860-1927) Ajax and Cassandra Oil on canvas 1886 Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (Ballarat, Victoria, Australia) ___ Cassandra, a daughter of the Trojan king had spurned the advances of Apollo, who punished her by ordaining that although she should always make true prophecies they would not be believed. The Trojans rejected her warnings that Troy was in imminent danger and when the Greeks sacked the city Cassandra fled to the Temple of Athena. LOVE THIS!

For Picasso. Blue period. By Katerina Belkina on deviantART.

Woman with Red Hair, Modigliani