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Vanilla Wall Paintings HD Updated and Desexualized in Patch 9.1.5
15.09.2021 в 18:59
A surprise in today's Patch 9.1.5 PTR build includes HD updates to a couple of very obscure paintings dating all the way back to vanilla. Rather than updating the graphics alone, the images have also been censored, with one merely having its sexuality toned down and the other image changed entirely.
PTR 9.1.5 Build 40196 Datamining
Ignore Players Account-Wide
Big Love Rocket Icon Updated
Legion Timewalking Rewards
Wall Painting Updates
Earn More Grateful Offerings
Patch 9.1.5 PTR Dev Notes
Class & Spell Changes
Class and Spell Change - Spinning Crane Kick
Dungeon & Raid Changes
Cooldowns Refresh During Mythic Kel'Thuzad
Necrotic Mythic+ Affix Nerfed
Bolstering & Raging Affix Nerfs
The lounging lady could be found in Ravenholdt, while the robed woman's portrait is located in Stormwind's SI:7.
WoW contains a lot of paintings which were added in the original (vanilla) versions of the game, and while some of seem out of place with WoW's fantasy aesthetic, many are actually references to real life works of art. For example, the history behind the lounging lady was broken down in this helpful
Reddit comment from 2016
This is called a "reclining nude" - made famous by Renaissance Master Titian. Nearly every famous painter after him has had their own rendition of a reclining nude, it's almost a right of passage.
That being said, this is not a strictly erotic painting. Note the faint Harem pants covering her legs, and the cloth covering her face and lower arms. More than likely this would be a painting of the lady of the house. Although she is sexualized, it is more to display the power of her husband - he has the money and strength to not only have a babe, but also hire a painter to paint her beautiful figure.
Also note the craqueleur of the painting - literally the cracks on the surface of the oil paint (almost always happens to oil paintings). Although craqueleur can happen nearly immediately (as oil never technically 'dries') for it to be this extent would require a good deal of age of the painting. This furthers my belief that the painting has remained in the possession of the manor for a rather long time, helping me understand its a member of the household.
Lastly paintings were brought to lords of various noble women to marry (like tinder in the Middle Ages), and they would pick the best babe - this could be her betrothal painting. This isn't very likely however, because these paintings would be very non-erotic, dressed in full court regalia usually. Just another possible thought.
Another great example of these homages to real life art is the Undead version of
, an extremely famous painting dating back to 1930.
The WoW version alongside its real life inspiration.
While the only images changed so far are these two very obscure paintings found in Ravenholdt and Stormwind's SI:7, it would seem that Blizzard is making an attempt to reduce the amount of sexualization within the game, similar to the change to Jaina Proudmoore's hero art in Hearthstone. There aren't a whole lot of pictures like this within the game, so it's unlikely that players would even notice the change if not for datamining, though it does raise questions as to whether other sexualized content such as the demonic
Steamy Romance Novels
might also be changed at some point. Combined with other changes such as
rewriting the infamous dialogue between Garrosh and Sylvanas in Cataclysm
, it all points to a slow but gradual shift within WoW.
The hero artwork for Jaina was also changed without explanation in early 2019.
That said, this is an extremely obscure change, and it's hard to believe it's indicative of any major directed change. Like the aforementioned Garrosh and Sylvanas dialogue, this feels low level enough that someone just wanted to change it for their own reason. If there were change in direction, some kind of mandate to reduce any or all aspects of sexualization within the game, then there are far more obvious things to address - such as character models and player transmog. There has been absolutely no indication of that, so these very minor changes should probably not be taken as anything more than simple face value.
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