Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers (1955) sold at auction for a record-breaking $179 million on Monday. In reporting this story, NYC affiliate Fox 5 News thoughtfully blurred the distinctly cubist breasts on the famous painting’s abstract female figures.
— Aruna D'Souza (@arunadsouza) May 12, 2015
Ahhh, that’s better.
As it turns out, the history of art is absolutely brimming with nipples, butts, vaginas, testicles and other fleshy unmentionables that have no business being seen by anyone who isn’t a trained medical professional.
Well, not anymore. Inspired by Fox 5, we’ve taken the liberty of de-smutting 10 more iconic yet family-unfriendly paintings and sculptures. Enjoy, and don’t forget: your body is shameful.
Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Cupid and Psyche as Children
Gustav Klimt, Judith and the Head of Holofernes
Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam
Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Odalisque
Unknown artist, Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses sœurs
Unknown artist, Nursing Madonna
Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
All original images via Wikimedia Commons.