The Innocence Of Nudity In History

The purpose of this group is to create a gallery of photos and art as a throwback to a simpler time when nudity and the human body were accepted in society and appreciated rather than demonized. A place where the innocence of the naked human form was considered as a normal part of society and not shunned or condemned. This is not a group for you to post your personal pictures unless they are...

Not so innocent history

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Skilled artists have been drawing and sculpting nudes for centuries. But who were their patrons? I guess the ceiling of the Cisteen Chapel was innocent as it was commissioned by the then Pope. But other patrons were just rich, horny men looking for some eye candy.

In the UK the Victorians were responsible for a lot of censorship. They had fig leaves carved to cover the intimate parts on male statues. They also created the mermaid as we know it today - the fishtail obscuring the genitals. Before then they were like the one modelled below.

Agreed - in the 1970's nude pictures didn't show genitals, unlike today. But they still got the viewer aroused (probably more so than in present times)

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Skilled artists have been drawing and sculpting nudes for centuries. But who were their patrons? I guess the ceiling of the Cisteen Chapel was innocent as it was commissioned by the then Pope. But other patrons were just rich, horny men looking for some eye candy.In the UK the Victorians were responsible for a lot of censorship. They had fig leaves carved to cover the intimate parts on male statues. They also created the mermaid as we know it today - the fishtail obscuring the genitals. Before then they were like the one modelled below.Agreed - in the 1970's nude pictures didn't show genitals, unlike today. But they still got the viewer aroused (probably more so than in present times)

Pardon the pun, but it was Julius. Innocent was 3 popes earlier.

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Skilled artists have been drawing and sculpting nudes for centuries. But who were their patrons? I guess the ceiling of the Cisteen Chapel was innocent as it was commissioned by the then Pope. But other patrons were just rich, horny men looking for some eye candy.In the UK the Victorians were responsible for a lot of censorship. They had fig leaves carved to cover the intimate parts on male statues. They also created the mermaid as we know it today - the fishtail obscuring the genitals. Before then they were like the one modelled below.Agreed - in the 1970's nude pictures didn't show genitals, unlike today. But they still got the viewer aroused (probably more so than in present times)Pardon the pun, but it was Julius. Innocent was 3 popes earlier.

Michelangelo actually delighted in putting as much genitalia on the Sistine ceiling as he possibly could. His acorns are very oddly painted. There's breasts and phalli out all over and the putti and so on are liberally strewn about. There's more but it is all that I can recall now. It's also important to remember that the Vatican in the Renaissance was orgy central. Especially under the Borgia popes but it never even pretended to not be christendoms most prominent brothel... and they're still having the orgies lol.

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Skilled artists have been drawing and sculpting nudes for centuries. But who were their patrons? I guess the ceiling of the Cisteen Chapel was innocent as it was commissioned by the then Pope. But other patrons were just rich, horny men looking for some eye candy.In the UK the Victorians were responsible for a lot of censorship. They had fig leaves carved to cover the intimate parts on male statues. They also created the mermaid as we know it today - the fishtail obscuring the genitals. Before then they were like the one modelled below.Agreed - in the 1970's nude pictures didn't show genitals, unlike today. But they still got the viewer aroused (probably more so than in present times)

By the way, the nudes behind the altar in the Sistine Chapel have had clothing painted on them and removed at least twice, based on the preference of the Pope at the time. It would have been more difficult to reach the ceiling, so it was left as originally painted.

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Skilled artists have been drawing and sculpting nudes for centuries. But who were their patrons? I guess the ceiling of the Cisteen Chapel was innocent as it was commissioned by the then Pope. But other patrons were just rich, horny men looking for some eye candy.In the UK the Victorians were responsible for a lot of censorship. They had fig leaves carved to cover the intimate parts on male statues. They also created the mermaid as we know it today - the fishtail obscuring the genitals. Before then they were like the one modelled below.Agreed - in the 1970's nude pictures didn't show genitals, unlike today. But they still got the viewer aroused (probably more so than in present times)Pardon the pun, but it was Julius. Innocent was 3 popes earlier.Michelangelo actually delighted in putting as much genitalia on the Sistine ceiling as he possibly could. His acorns are very oddly painted. There's breasts and phalli out all over and the putti and so on are liberally strewn about. There's more but it is all that I can recall now. It's also important to remember that the Vatican in the Renaissance was orgy central. Especially under the Borgia popes but it never even pretended to not be christendoms most prominent brothel... and they're still having the orgies lol.

Remember too that there's two Victorian eras... party Vicky and Albert with all the nudes and all rhe sex... then Victoria in mourning and the sudden prudery. She adopted that persona to overcome public perception that she was a godless libertine and take power back from her privy council and restore a great deal of authority in the monarchy... conservatism and pathological modesty were her weapons of choice. Under the surface things were not so clean cut and morally pure. The English garden mermaid replaces the Italian version which you must recall has fountains from each nipple (squeezed) and her mouth and vagina. The English public weren't thrilled with any of the bawdy Italianate fountainry and replaced it with yes modest but less outrageous stuff. While public waterworks are Roman features for 2000 years England had essentially none until 1880. But I digress... yes it was a time of ridiculous prudery.

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the Sistine chapel was controversial even while it was being painted and many opposed it. it also was barely saved from being painted over many times.

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