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. That project includes the tens of thousands of digitally cleaned up works of art that are part of the CenterSEE art project,  and the book Passion! Artists and Their Nudes which catalogs the art, the artists and the models from two of the collections- Western Masters of Nude and Erotic Art and World Nude and Erotic Art . It is a massive project many years in the making, encompassing over 30,000 works of art from over 1500 known artists (the Asian collection includes 400 anonymous works as so many Asian artists worked anonymously).

Part of what makes it massive is the Western Masters of Nude and Erotic Art Collection which includes nearly 25,000 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. Around 5,000 of the images are in lower resolution, while some 20,000 are 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.

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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