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“We could go on and on about the Faber Castell Artist Pen’s precision and control, but we thought we’d just show you.”  Pen company Faber Castell hired the agency of Ogilvy and Mather Singapore to re-create masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci using their Artist Pen.  The remarkable thing about the publicity stunt is that artist Chan Hwee Chong drew each image with a single, unbroken line.  See the video at the bottom to see how he did it.

Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

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Chan Hwee Chong for Faber Castell

-Jayme Catalano

 

As the media loves to point out, our perceptions of realistic, attainable beauty standards have been radically changed by the ubiquity of Photoshop, adolescent runway models, and deceptive advertising.  What if the aesthetic standards of  our modern society had belonged to the great artists of the past?  Italian fashion model and artist Anna Utopia Giordano has created ‘Venus’, ten works that combine aesthetic harmony with the contemporary eye.  She has transformed classic Zaftig representations of the goddess Venus into slender, slim-waisted, busty waifs.  The result is strangely haunting.

Anna Utopia Giordano's Photoshop transformations of classic masterpieces are on the right. From top The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Venus at her Mirror by Diego Velazquez, The Sleeping Venus by Artemisia Gentilischi.

For more information, please visit Giordano’s website.

-Jayme Catalano