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…

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