66 Super Size photos of Valentine by Alexander Lobanov Added October 31, 2009
There's a little-known painting by Canadian artist Paul Peel called The Little Shepherdess. It was painted nearly 150 years ago, when nude images were considered high art and respected as a legitimate subject to paint. A nude young woman pauses for a moment by a pond surrounded by irises. Peel captured the moment of repose with quiet respect, and The Little Shepherdess remains one of our favourite paintings. You won't see anything like it too often. Today the subject matter is considered inappropriate, both because the girl is young and because it is thought [strangely] to be trite and destructive to depict a simple moment of female beauty. Yet that's exactly what Alexander Lobanov has done in this series of Valentine. It may not be Paul Peel, but the same spirit is there. It is little known and celebrates a lost value: such things are what we call treasures.