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Old 04-05-2002, 08:22 PM   #16
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Art is art, and you can never expect people to agree on what it is.

It is always interesting how we romanticize the Renaissance artists. Much of their work was contracted. Michaelanglo was, pretty much, a servant to Lorenzo de Medici (incidentally, one of my very distant relatives ) and Pope Julius II. Even then, the Sistine Chapel angered him, as it was seen as "pornographic," and they spent centuries painting loincloths (thankfully, with most of them removed during the recent restoration, minus the 1521 Council of Trent alterations). Not much has really changed when it comes down to it.


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