Consider the painting above by that king of kitsch, that French guy ya just gotta love, William Adolphe Bouguereau. Bill knocked this one off in 1879. I came upon this today whilst browsing the Art Renewal site, and I wondered what sort of reaction I'd get if I submitted a modern-day version of this.
I mean, look at what we have here: a very young girl, perhaps eight or nine, looking in a rather come-hither fashion at the viewer. She is covering up herself. By today's standards, this verges on child pornography. It's just mind-blowing how different things were a hundred or so years ago. We think they were just like us, but they drove horse and buggies. Nuh-uh. They were VERY different.
Not convinced yet? Here's another by Billy that should do the trick. Back in his day, everyone (and I mean EVERYone) received a Classical education. They spoke and read Latin. They knew who all the people in the myths were. Like the Oreads, for instance. Apparently, they were, like, a group of Ancient Greek women who could FLY and flew together in what can only be called swarms. Take a gander.
The Art Renewal site helpfully tells us that Oreads were nymphs of mountains and caves. Can you just imagine what those three lecherous satyrs in the foreground are saying right now? "See, guys? I told you there was a whole cave-full of naked babes that come flying out at sundown! Now do you believe me?"
Here's to a happy 2015 for all. Maybe I'll even figure out how to use this journal thing.