Nuds and nekad
Godoy and the curator of his collection, Don Francisco de Garivay, were brought before a tribunal and forced to reveal the artists behind the confiscated art works which were "so indecent and prejudicial to the public good." The controversy was populist and driven by a political motive, following a mob gathering demanding Godoy's removal as Prime Minister.In the fallout, Goya was named and summonsed on a charge of moral depravity.Five identical statues of a nude Donald Trump have appeared overnight on street corners in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle, and New York City.So, The Verge ran down to Union Square in NYC to see as much of fake nude Trump as our eyes could possibly tolerate (photos below! reports that the anarchist collective INDECLINE is responsible for the statues, and are calling this project "The Emperor Has No Balls." The name is ostensibly a reference to the famous fairytale "The Emperor’s New Clothes," in which a narcissistic emperor gets conned into strolling amongst his people in the nude.One early account gives the Clothed Maja placed in front of the current work; the pull of a cord revealed the nude version.Today they are hung side by side, although others have suggested that they were intended to be spaced apart, and seen in succession.
They were twice in the collection of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, also in Madrid, being "sequestered" by the Inquisition between 18 before being returned. It is not known if the two works were intended to be hung together.Although the two versions of the Maja are the same size, the sitter in the clothed version occupies a slightly larger proportion of the pictorial space; according to art historian Janis Tomlinson she seems almost to "press boldly against the confines of her frame", making her ironically more brazen in comparison to the comparatively "timid" nude portrait.The painting carries many of the traditions of depictions of the nude in Spanish art, but marks a clear break in significant ways, especially in her bold gaze.Our photographer, James Bareham, arrived on the scene shortly before the party was busted up by the busters at the City Parks Department.Wearing helmets, body paint and very little else, about 100 cyclists stripped off for New Zealand's largest annual nude bike ride in Golden Bay.