Vedute Were the Braggy Instagram Posts of the 1800s
We all follow someone that goes on vacation, then spends the entire time clogging up your feed with photos of sunsets, cityscapes, and historic landmarks -- which thanks to the endless amounts filters they're using, don't inspire 'awe' as much as to sit in a dark room to recover from having so many vivid colors bukkaked into our retinas (Is that photo Tatooine or Burning Man? We genuinely can't tell.). And it turns out that these show-offs have been around for ages.
In the 1800s, the baller thing for wealthy, coming-of-age men to do was to embark on a 'grand tour' of Europe. During which time, they were expected to take in as many sights, sounds, and smells as daddy's money would allow. However, as upper-class gentlemen, they couldn't just bring back any old crap to remember their travels by. Whatever would their bros, Chadington and Bradingford, think if they returned home with only a shot glass, lame t-shirt, and douchey fake accent? The social implications were too horrific to even imagine.
From this, the trend for 'vedute' was born -- literally, 'view paintings' that were commissioned by travelers to capture whatever awe-inspiring sight they wanted to take home and remember forever.
The National GalleryLike this classy oil painting, we assume is titled "WOO!! SPRING BREAK!!" (but, like, in Italian.)
There are countless examples of vedute, depicting everywhere from Paris to Rome to Venice, and everything from exquisite gardens to crowded marketplaces to live music performances. They were each captured in such astonishing detail that in the case of a vedute depicting a performance at Rome's Teatro Argentina, it's possible to identify the specific musical passage being performed from how the musicians are positioned.
There are also vedute which depict historical events such as royal weddings and volcanic eruptions, which is pretty cool but also a textbook case of someone doing too much for the 'Dute.
British Library"Things got really HOT on vacation lol!! #Vesuvius #TravelLife #Blessed"
Nose Jobs Are Old as Hell
Despite being the go-to example of our culture's obsession with image and beauty, nose jobs have been around since the dawn of civilization. That's not a joke. The first empire to experiment with rhinoplasty wasn't the Kardashians, it was the Ancient Egyptians in somewhere between 3000 BC to 2500 BC, followed by the Ancient Indians (600 BC) and Not-That-Ancient-Comparatively-But-Still-Pretty-Old Romans (14 AD).