Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Newport Nude" goes on display again after 60 years ... and is now being condemned for smoking!!!

An oil painting of a nude woman went back on show today - more than 60 years after it was banned for being 'too brazen'.

The portrait of a naked woman smoking was bought by a public gallery in 1947 which proudly displayed it for all to see.

More than 20,000 people queued up to see it - until it caused an row with church elders.

Embarrassed council chiefs in Newport, South Wales, decided the painting was scandalising their town and ordered it to be taken down.

The picture which became known as the 'Newport Nude' has been locked up in a vault gathering dust - until now. More...

See also: The art of censoring nudes. Hilarious!

And this: Lucian Freud's nude potrait of Sue Tilley sells for a record-breaking $33.6-million!

And this: The Onion and the Naked Woman...

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