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Pornhub’s New Collection Celebrates ‘Classic Nudes’ in Museums Around the World

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by Alex Bresler Jul 14, 2021

Nude art long predates the era of sexting. From Ancient Greece’s au naturel marblework to India’s Kamasutra-carved temples, the naked human form has been the subject of countless artistic creations since the birth of civilization — a fact Pornhub is ready to celebrate.

The adult entertainment platform recently launched an interactive online guide to the raciest artworks showcased in museums around the world. To view the collection, art and erotica enthusiasts can visit the Classic Nudes website and virtually tour six major museums — Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Madrid’s Museo del Prado, Paris’s Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, London’s National Gallery, and New York City’s MET — through the lens of each museum’s most Pornhub-worthy portraits, paintings, and sculptures. The site also spotlights a digital collection called “Another Perspective” that’s dedicated entirely to non-Western nude and erotic art.

By pornography standards, many of the “Classic Nudes” featured on the site could be considered softcore, such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” which depicts a coy, mostly covered Venus de Milo. Others are unabashedly x-rated, such as French realist Gustave Courbet’s full-front painting of a vagina, aptly titled “The Origin of the World.” According to the Musée d’Orsay, where Courbet’s close-up is on full display, “the painting escapes pornographic status” owing to the artist’s “great virtuosity and the refinement of his amber colour scheme.” Pornhub disagrees. Inherent to the “Classic Nudes” project is the idea that art can be sexy, respected, and educational all at once — because, as the website explains, “porn may not be considered art, but some art can definitely be considered porn.”

Whether or not you’re an out-and-proud Pornhub user already, this is one Pornhub collection even your parents would be proud to catch you perusing late at night. So pop open your browser, turn down the lights, and prepare for the sexiest art history lesson yet.

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