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rjohn19's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by rjohn19

I personally don't find this worthy of study. There is no answer.

As Justice Potter Stewart of the US Supreme Court said when unable to define the line between art and porn, "I know it when I see it."

Sophia Loren's face was a jumble of errors that happenend to work- in no wise symmetrical. Julia Roberts has her lips upside-down but were she to hit on you in a pub, you'd not sent her packing home alone. Beauty cannot be quantified or measured. Perfectly symmetrical faces land modeling careers with mass chain because they do not detract from the clothing. They never become stars.

And please do not even try to make a case for high-brow art. Some of it is a scam, pure and simple. The Emporer's New Clothes comes to mind here.

If you are in need of a giggle, subscribe (it's free) to the Sotheby's art auction site. I have seen things on there go for millions that I could have painted (I have trouble drawing stick-men) and things I could not imagine how the artist captured go for a pittance.

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 04:02:05 UTC | #924248