There are similarities between old paintings and images used now, they follow the same traits throughout, common features are;
- All women
- Exposure - makes it comfortable for the viewer to look at the naked women without feeling like they are being judged or watched.
- Naturalises the process of sexual exploitation.
- Socially normal for women to be naked.
- Women's body's are known as a pleasure and an object of beauty.
|Alexandre Cabanel 'Birth of Venus' 1863
|Manet 'Olympia 1863
- The first image is of a goddess and the second image is of a prostitute.
- Both are naked women although the first image is seen as an artistic nude, its not realistic and its classic, whereas the second image is a hooker in a brothel, making the image feel more real.
- Both paintings are done by men, providing a form of titillation.
|Hans Melming 'Vanity' 1485
- Women like to look at themselves, therefore you can look at them too.
- This is showing a women looking in a mirror at an impossible angle, looking at the mirror means that the women isn't looking back at you therefore you are allowed to stare and look at her.
- She looks at you seductively.
- Making you want to be that women, therefore jealous of that women.
- Effecting your identity, if you buy this perfume you will be like this women, and be just as seductive.
Subjects vs. Object