A commentary on the photo series "Fallen Women”
Angels was a common theme in 19th century depictions of women in art, especially those of pre raphaelite artists. The poses of the models mimic those seen in classical sculpture. In another time period, for example the time of Aristotle and Socrates, it was acceptable to depict female nudity in the name of art. During the 19th century however, the time when these tombstones were built, female nudity was taboo. The Victorians believed passion to be deviant, thoughts of sexuality would cause insanity and thus sexuality was to be repressed. Popular paintings by pre raphaelite artists and sculptures were of beautiful women, but women who suffered as a result of their insatiable sexuality. Women were "angels of the hearth," idealized as chaste and subservient to the needs of their family. The presence of angels presiding over the tombs of loved ones was not only a commentary of the deceased wife, daughter or sister's virtue, but also served as a didactic tool that reinforced the prevalent gender norms of the 19th century. By celebrating the beauty of the nude female form and and the passion of its expression, these photos juxtapose and critique the suppression of feminine sexuality.
Concept from the amazing Yoshi.