From the Vatican to the Louvre, Paris
Nudes, both female and male, were common in the ancient statuary of both the Greeks and the Romans. The collection assembled by Cardinal Borghese, encouraged by Pope Paul V, naturally contained many nudes, but this was used by the cardinal’s detractors to suggest a homosexuality that was never proven, it seems. The Louvre displays many works on this central theme of artistic inspiration in Antiquity.
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