Fig leaves : The great Italian cover-up

Aug 07, 2017 504

BY: Elizabeth Salthouse

Ancient Romans and Greeks adored the human form, sculpting and painting it in all its nude glory. Renaissance artists who followed centuries later were captivated by the purity of the ideal ancient forms and revived classical values to fill contemporary palazzi with frescoes and statuary of nudes to great acclaim.

Why then are so many now covered with fig leaves or strategically placed loin clothes and who decided to cover up every naked male in the Vatican?  

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