A lovely video slide-show has shown up on YouTube which runs through 500 years worth of paintings depicting feminine beauty. The viewing experience is quite mesmerizing, as the video's creator melds each successive face with a fluid ease. (The classical soundtrack adds a welcome touch too--I'm a sucker for cello.)
I unfortunately am far from a competent art critic, so I'd love to hear a response about what the video might reveal from someone who has a background in art history--or, for that matter, anyone with some general aesthetic sensibilities (this probably means you!).
All I'll say for now is that were I a bachelor, I'd much rather date the women near the start of the clip than those at the end.