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Watch Photoshop Slim Down Famous Paintings of Women

Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1486

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Lauren Wade, the Senior Photo Editor at TakePart, gave classic paintings, from the Renaissance up to early Twentieth Century modernism, from Botticelli to Modigliani, a slim down so the women featured resemble models of today.

Paul Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women, 1899

Wade has worked as photographer and editor for The Style Network, NBC, Daily Candy and more, and knows a thing or two about photoshop. She writes, "Over the last five years, having done many of the quick, subtle fixes that are the industry standard myself, I know that even an image considered to look 'natural' is anything but."

Edgar Degas, La Toilette, 1884–86

"We've taken a digital liquefy brush to the painstakingly layered oils of some of the most celebrated paintings of the female form, nipping and tucking at will," explains Wade. "There may be something sacrilegious in that, but the same could be said for our contemporary ideas of beauty."


Titian, Danaë With Eros, 1544

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Grande Odalisque, 1814

Amedeo Modigliani, Nude Sitting on a Divan, 1917

Raphael, Three Graces, 1504–1505M

Francisco Goya, Nude Maya, 1797–1800

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