Monday, April 7, 2008

Disarmingly Beautiful

Konica Minolta has created an advertisement campaign based around their amazing imaging products called The Museum of Beauty. The first exhibit features the Venus de Milo (above). Using state of the art digital imaging, you get to see Venus not only from above and 360 degrees in the round, but you also get a look at her from the inside and how her legs would be posed beneath the drapery. Guesses are also made as to how her famously missing arms would have looked like. It’s really a beautiful presentation—the closest you can come to seeing it without visiting the Louvre. It might be even better in the sense that you won’t have to battle camera-happy Japanese tour groups like Annie and I did. They seemed to be especially interested in photographing the Venusbutt cleavage. [BTW, if you’re interested in reading more about the Venus de Milo, I highly recommend Gregory Curtis’ very readable popular history, Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo.]

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