Auguste Rodin: The Age of Bronze (detail), model 1875-1876, cast 1898, plaster. Click for bigger, uncensored. NSFW, I suppose.
The Washington Post's Reliable Source had a hilarious thing this morning about some idiot nutty Christian from Texas who has his eye on one of DC's most pressing issues:
Washington is a town filled with boobs.
They're everywhere, from the bare-breasted ladies who decorate the fountain at Dupont Circle to the peekaboo statue in the Justice Department's Great Hall to the countless nudes in our museums. But while those of us who live here hardly blink at the public nudity, it can shock some of our visitors. Such was the case for Robert Hurt, who last week tried to add the issue of artistic indecency in the nation's capital to the platform of the Texas GOP.
"You don't have nude art on your front porch," the Dallas Morning News quoted the delegate as telling the platform committee at the state party convention. "So why is it important to have that in the common places of Washington, D.C.?"
Hurt, 54, a Kerrville, Tex., rancher and father of 14, told us in a phone interview he first came to Washington a decade ago for a gathering of the evangelical Promise Keepers on the Mall. "It was probably not much different than 'The Beverly Hillbillies' going to Beverly Hills," he joked. At the National Gallery, he was appalled to see statues of unclothed people. "I found it very inappropriate," he said. Returning a few years later, he discovered Arlington Memorial Bridge, flanked by the bare-chested figures of Valor and Sacrifice.
In an article in the Dallas Morning News, Mr. Hurt offered the following startling statistic:
Mr. Hurt offered statistics: He'd heard that 20 percent of the art in the National Gallery of Art is of nudes.
That certainly came as news to me and my coworkers! Where on earth, we wondered, did he come up with that statistic? I think a little, dirty, naked bird must have whispered it to him.
In any event, it was kind of a and then they came for me moment. Fun!