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Beauty Ideals Throughout History

A diverse cast of models shows how the standard of beauty for women has changed dramatically over time. Ancient Egypt (c. 1292 – 1069 B.C.)   Ancient Greece (c. 500 – 300 B.C.)   Han Dynasty (c. 206 B.C. – 220 A.D.)   Italian Renaissance (c. 1400 – 1700)   Victorian England (c. 1837 – […]

22nd Century Ophelia

The image of Shakespeare’s Ophelia submerging herself in a river has inspired artists for centuries, from the 19th-century  to the contemporary photo studio Staudinger Franke. Their “Barrier” series features female models resting below the water’s surface in a way that evokes Hamlet’s tragic love interest. While Staudinger Franke typically work in advertising, this personal project shows […]

Old paintbrushes painted into heads of woman

In a poetic twist of fate, end-of-life paintbrushes are whittled down and sculpted into artwork by San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Szeto. Tools that were once used to create artwork, now bear the face of female portraits largely inspired by women of the Renaissance period and other female figures of art history. Szeto, who previously worked […]