Friday, 15 February 2008

I thought it was just the Americans, but in London too:

LONDON (Reuters) - A 16th Century painting of Venus featuring the Roman goddess of love wearing little but a smile has been deemed too risque for the eyes of London's Tube travellers. London Underground bosses have banned a poster of the 1532 work by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, promoting an upcoming Royal Academy exhibition. The Academy is outraged...

John Coulthart reminds us in comments that a few years back London Transport was previously outraged by Grien's cavorting witches (1514):

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I could have been THIS Eddie Campbell:

Monroe man jailed for sending Valentine candy, flowers
-Monroe News Star- feb 15
Monroe police charged Eddie Campbell, 58, with violating a restraining order. He was arrested at his home after reportedly sending flowers to the victim’s work and Valentine cards to her Post Office box number. The arrest marks the second time he has had such charges against him, police reported. He was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center and bond set at $2,000.
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Funny cartoon about Alan moore, via Neil Gaiman

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6 Comments:

Blogger Hypersonic said...

Britain isn't known as the "nanny state" for nothing.

The strip with Alan is a scream. Having had the chance to get to know him and hang out with him in the early 90s I can attest that he is a very, very nice man indeed.

15 February 2008 4:42:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous John C said...

That seems a rather mild thing to object to. It was a bit more understandable a few years ago when London Transport objected to posters featuring Hans Baldung Grien's cavorting witches.

15 February 2008 6:02:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

If I ever run into trouble for all the nudes I paint (one of which is hanging where I teach, right now) it's good to know that I'll have you to back me up.

17 February 2008 2:25:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger HemlockMan said...

Well...you guys did elect Maggie Thatcher numerous times. Don't brag too much.

17 February 2008 9:18:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Lennard Grahn said...

Four hundred years pass and something you did can still cause a scandal... some cohones he had, Cranach!

18 February 2008 5:57:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Since some pictures of nice bums I had taken (of classical Roman statues, no less) got banned by photobucket, these things don't astonish me anymore. Just another reason to love Cranach, if there was a need for one...

20 February 2008 1:06:00 pm GMT-5  

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