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Nude Maja
(La Maja desnuda)
Francisco Goya, c.1800

* The Spanish Inquisition wanted to know who had commissioned Goya to paint this “obscene” image, so they summoned him to give an explanation. He presumably told them to stuff it, because they removed him from his position as Court Painter. (Tidbit: Goya absolutely refused to add clothes to his painting. Instead, he painted an entirely new one, La Maja vestida. The two are displayed side-by-side in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.)


Clothed Maja
(La Maja vestida)
Francisco Goya, 1803

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