Friday, January 30, 2009

Venus de Milo

"It is often the presence of disability that allows the beauty of an art work to endure over time. Would the Venus de Milo still be considered one of the great examples of both aesthetic and human beauty if she still had both her arms?"
from T. Siebers's article again on "Disability Aesthetics",

and he continues:
"Perhaps it is an exaggeration to consider the Venus disabled, but René Magritte did not think so. He painted his version of the Venus, "Les Menottes de cuivre", in flesh tones and colorful drapery but splashed blood-red pigment on her famous arm-stumps, giving the impression of a recent and painful amputation"

we come across the many damaged ancient Greek sculptures

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