16th-century painting declared ‘bawdy’ by Turkish university

Students at Istanbul University’s Art History Department have elicited administrative disapproval after a 16th century Italian work they selected for an event poster was deemed “bawdy” by authorities.

“What is this? Cover it up this way or that way!” the faculty’s secretary-general, Aliye Yücel, reportedly said after seeing Tiziano Vecellio’s “Amor Sacro e Amor Profano” (Sacred and Profane Love), which the students wanted to use on a poster for a panel on the history of beauty.

“This news should not be run. I will talk to them,” Yücel said when asked to comment on the matter by Hürriyet Campus, adding that she would refuse to speak further on the issue…

  • Replace the naked woman with a goat – even Erdogan will love the new version.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Just let them burn all western art and books. Who really cares what happens to Turkey?

    • AlanUK

      Difficult not to care about a country with a population of over 76 million, second only to Germany amongst the EU countries.


      (I know it’s Wiki but it still might be correct!)

      • Hard Little Machine

        Eventually Turkey will reach the tipping point all psychotic Muslim nations reach – they run out of people to mass murder who knew how to keep the lights on, the water running and so on.

  • AlanUK

    Of course it’s bawdy! It was the soft core porn of it’s day.
    Find a suitable model (maybe the painter’s or the sponsor’s mistress), give it a suitable Classic theme and there you are.

  • Clink9

    Saucy tart.