What is Unacceptable Nudity?

Unacceptable nudity refers both to the history of censorship in art, and to pictures that I found personally unacceptable- pictures that I am going to post here for your enjoyment. Why I found them unacceptable I’ll explain in a moment.

This site offers supplemental material for my Art, Sex and Censorship project. The primary focus of the project is an online class that covers the history of censorship in art from 1440 to 1940. It is a massive project many years in the making.

Part of what makes it massive is the Master Collection of 13,000 digitally enhanced works of nude and erotic art from 500 artists. They have all been color adjusted, the dust and scratches and cracks and stains have been removed, they have been sharpened- a whole bunch of stuff has been done to them to make them look better. And they are all in HD resolution. They really look great.

There are a lot of paintings though that I could not find good sources for. Nothing I could do would help them make the cut. This site is their final resting place. I may have tweaked them a little here and there, but they are just not good enough- to me they are unacceptable for this project- simply unacceptable nudity.

In the Artist Pictures section you’ll find hundreds of unacceptable works of art, at a resolution of 500 pixels high because most of them fall apart any larger than that.

In the Behind the Canvas section I include additional information about the artists and their paintings. This includes biographical material on the artists and explanations of some of their paintings.

In The Process section, I’ll be writing about what went into creating a project of this complexity, the tools I used, and some of the techniques. I’ll go into a little detail about the damage that happens to images over time and what has to be done to undo the damage, at least digitally.

If you are interested in learning more about the artists who created the 13,000 images, I have written Artists and Their Nudes, a 200,000 word E-Book that will be available soon on Amazon. It includes biographies of 500 artists and information on many of the models who posed nude for them. Whenever possible, I delve into the sex lives of the artists and models, since that has some bearing on the work that they did.

I’ll try and keep this entertaining, and at least provide you with a lot of interesting pictures to look at.

Jeff Booth

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Mallet – Jean-Baptiste (1759-1835)

Wedding Eve - After the Wedding

Wedding Eve – After the Wedding

A Sleeping Nymph And Cupid

A Sleeping Nymph And Cupid

Bacchantein a Landscape

Bacchante in a Landscape

The Bath

The Bath

The Bride's Toilet

The Bride’s Toilet

The Harpist

The Harpist

Wedding Eve - a nude woman standing by a bedridden man

Wedding Eve – a nude woman standing by a bedridden man

There are 19 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Malczewski – Jacek (1858-1929)

Self-Portrait With A Glass Of Water

Self-Portrait With A Glass Of Water

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

Morning 1891

Morning 1891

There are 23 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Lyre – Adolphe La (1848–1933)

The Sirens Visited by the Muses

The Sirens Visited by the Muses

A Nest of Sirens 1906

A Nest of Sirens 1906

Girl at the Source 1880

Girl at the Source 1880

Hesione

Hesione

Siren

Siren

Study for Martyrdom

Study for Martyrdom

Self-Portrait in the Studio

Self-Portrait in the Studio

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Luini – Bernardino (1480-1532)

Martyrdom of Saint Catherine

Martyrdom of Saint Catherine

Sacrifice to the God Pan

Sacrifice to the God Pan

Woman Standing Half Naked

Woman Standing Half Naked

Judgment of Paris

Judgment of Paris

Lucretia

Lucretia

Apollo and Daphne

Apollo and Daphne

There are 12 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Lotz – Károly (1833-1904)

Venus and Cupid

Venus and Cupid

Allegoric Scene 2

Allegoric Scene

Allegoric Scene

Allegoric Scene

Allegory of Earth 1870s

Allegory of Earth 1870s

Allegory of the Summer

Allegory of the Summer

Aquarius

Aquarius

Bacchante

Bacchante

Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

Draped Nude

Draped Nude

Female Nude Study

Female Nude Study

Jupiter and Io

Jupiter and Io

Kornélia in an Untied Dress 1890s

Kornélia in an Untied Dress 1890s

Kornélia

Kornélia

Medical Source Allegory

Medical Source Allegory

Muse 1890

Muse 1890

Nude Stepping into a Brook

Nude Stepping into a Brook

Reclining Nude 1890

Reclining Nude 1890

Sleeping Bacchant

Sleeping Bacchante

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Dream

Dream

Allegorical Figure of Reality after 1877

Allegorical Figure of Reality after 1877

There are 33 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Loth – Johann Carl (1632-1698)

The Finding of Moses

The Finding of Moses

Adam and Eve 1656

Adam and Eve 1656

Galatea with her companions before Polyphemus

Galatea with her Companions before Polyphemus

Susannah and the Elders

Susannah and the Elders

There are 17 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Lossow – Heinrich (1843-1897)

Her Faithful Servant

Her Faithful Servant

There are 11 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Loo – Jacob van (1614-1670)

Meleager and Atalanta

Meleager and Atalanta

Perseus Freeing Andromeda 1652

Perseus Freeing Andromeda 1652

Susannah and the Elders 1658

Susannah and the Elders 1658

Artemisia

Artemisia

Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo -  Cupid is disarmed by Diana

Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo – Cupid is disarmed by Diana

Charles-Andre van Loo - The Good Samaritain 1723

Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo – Cupid is disarmed by Diana

Charles-Andre van Loo - Venus and  Cupid

Charles-Andre van Loo – Venus and Cupid

Diana with her Nymphs 1665

Diana with her Nymphs 1665

Francois van Loo - Reclining Female

Francois van Loo – Reclining Female

Jupiter and Calisto

Jupiter and Calisto

Diana and Actaeon

Diana and Actaeon

Diana and Callisto

Diana and Callisto

Amaryllis and Myrtillo

Amaryllis and Myrtillo

Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo -  Cupid is disarmed by Diana

Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo – Cupid is Disarmed by Diana

There are 57 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Long – Edwin Longsden (1829-1891)

Anno Domini

Anno Domini

There are 12 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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Lisse – Dirck van der (1635-1669)

Landscape with Nymphs Bathing

Landscape with Nymphs Bathing

Arcadian Family 1640s with Alexander Keirincx

Arcadian Family 1640s with Alexander Keirincx

Arcadian landscape with decorative figures and ruins

Arcadian Landscape with Decorative Figures and Ruins

Diana and Calisto

Diana and Calisto

Landscape with Diana and Actaeon

Landscape with Diana and Actaeon

Landscape with Mercury, Argus and Io

Landscape with Mercury, Argus and Io

Nymphs and Satyrs

Nymphs and Satyrs

Diana with her nymphs discovers the pregnancy of Callisto

Diana with her Nymphs Discovers the Pregnancy of Callisto

There are 14 HD works of art by this artist in the Sex and Censorship class.

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