Patient Modesty: Volume 7
To continue the topic of patient modesty, now Volume 7, I selected the graphic fresco by Masaccio from Wikipedia "The Expulsion Of Adam and Eve from Eden" (painted 1426-1428),displaying the fresco before and after restoration (ca 1980). The fig leaves were added (ca 1680)three centuries after the original fresco was painted, probably at the request of Cosimo III de' Medici in the late 17th century, who saw nudity as “disgusting”. During restoration in the 1980s the fig leaves were removed along with centuries of grime to restore the fresco to its original condition.
With this fresco, the various faces and nuances of modesty are suggested from the original painting in the different postures of Adam and that of Eve and then the reaction of Cosimo III to the nudity of the characters in the fresco. In a way, I see these different responses reflected in the different views expressed on these Patient Modesty threads. I would be most interested to read what my visitors see from these two views of the painting as related to the thread topic.
NOTICE: AS OF JANUARY 8 2009 THIS THREAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL COMMENTS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WRITE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS HERE. PLEASE GO TO "PATIENT MODESTY: VOLUME 8" TO CONTINUE COMMENTS. ..Maurice.