|Naked Young Woman in Front of the Mirror (1515) Giovanni Bellini|
|Woman Before a Mirror (1877) Edouard Manet|
|Nude standing before a Mirror () Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec|
|Pablo Picasso (1932) Girl in Front of Mirror|
While all of the above paintings are all certainly important works, none of them speak to me the way this piece did when I saw it for the first time. I was taking my first Women's Studies class in college, and was starting to contend with my own body image issues. I was thinking a lot about our culture and its effects on women, but only beginning to take seriously the ways that women oppress each other. This photograph and its message blew me away.
Thoughts? Comments? Anybody else kind of blown away? Who answers when YOU ask the mirror "Who's the finest of them all?"
|Fernando Botero (1986) Woman in Front of a Mirror|
|Mirror, Mirror (1987) Carrie Mae Weems|