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Nudity by the numbers at the Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Take a stroll through the Carnegie Museum of Art and you'd never guess that Pittsburghers are uptight about nudity. The very first piece of art you see as you enter the facility from the parking garage is a nude woman, sitting thoughtfully, her arms resting on her bent knees. No one seemed to mind her presence in the courtyard -- not the handful of people having lunch at nearby picnic tables or dozen or so 5- to 8-year-olds sitting about 15 feet away, talking with a museum educator. Here are some other interesting naked figures:

Number of nudes found in the Carnegie Museum of Art: 49

Number of nude paintings and drawings: 26

Number of nude statues: 23

Number of artworks with male nudes: 11

Number with nude females: 26

Number featuring both male and female nudes: 5

Number of breasts bared: 45

Total number of nudes shown from the rear: 8

Number of artworks featuring full-frontal male nudity: 21

Number of nude children: 7

Number of nude children identified as Jesus: 4

Number of nude angels: 6

Number of pieces depicting nudes bathing: 3

Number of nudes fighting: 2

"Madonna and Child with Angel," by Francesco Francia Tarquinius
  • "Madonna and Child with Angel," by Francesco Francia Tarquinius
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