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Old 04-20-2006, 10:08 PM
ilona ilona is offline
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Re: Public displaying of Nude Art

por·nog·ra·phy ( P ) Pronunciation Key (pôr-ngr-f)
Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
The presentation or production of this material.

Michelangelo's 'David' was probably not created to cause sexual arousal. My opinion, and I have read "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone, is that although he may have desired and exalted the male form, his work transcends mere visual stimulation. Otherwise he wouldn't have bothered making the back of the calf, or the angle of the neck, as perfect as the penis of his 'David'.

In fact, the genitals on most of his sculptures are probably the least realistic aspects of them. It's almost as if he stuck them there as an afterthought, because...well he wouldn't be a man without them.

the gray area so far discussed is this: If a painting is done that shows two people engaged in sexual intercourse, is it pornography? Well, I guess that depends on whether or not the person looking at it is sexually aroused by it.

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