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ARTNET NEWS: 400 Years Ago a Prudish Aristocrat Censored This Artemisia Gentileschi Nude.

A relative of Michelangelo tapped Baroque artist Il Volterrano to censor the original work.

Sarah Cascone, October 21, 2023


More than 400 years ago, Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi painted her first commission in Florence, adorning the ceiling of Casa Buonarroti—once home to the Renaissance master Michelangelo—with a female nude titled Allegory of Inclination. Less than half a century later, the figure was prudishly censored by heavy drapes of blue obscuring her original vision from view... MORE.

Olga Makarova and Calliope Arts Archive

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