Antonio Canova and the 'Brazil Butt Challenge'

January 24 2012

Image of Antonio Canova and the 'Brazil Butt Challenge'

Picture: Brynne Owlstone via

Following my recent post on a jet-lagged visit to New York (a visit to the Metropolitan Museum late at night and infomercials for the 'Brazil Butt Lift' early in the morning), a reader writes:

I'm an art student currently studying illustration in New York, and I quite enjoyed your post on the Metropolitan Museum. My friend and I were actually in the museum on the same night to sketch in the sculpture halls. The public spaces we're crammed into are usually so small that the Met is a welcome escape, and it's even been busier since the American Wing reopened a few weeks ago. Tragically, I don't think the gift shop sells Brazilian Butt Lifts (although Canova's Perseus With the Head of Medusa [above] looks like it's used one.)

I really enjoy your site, by the way. It fulfills my daily art-history-nerd quota.


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