Sexual Fables

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The Judgment of Paris

Voltaire Nude

Even philosophers grow old.

Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, after whom the area in Paris is named, created Voltaire Nu in 1776, in marble, two years before Voltaire's death. It caused a scandal, since wrinkly 81-year-olds were hardly considered suitable subject matter for art. Voltaire evidently approved. The statue is now in the Louvre.


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