The Uffizi Gallery asks Pornhub to remove Boticcelli’s Venus in an erotic art video

Correspondent in Rome



The Gallery of Uffizi Florence, the most visited museum in Italy, has reacted with deep irritation at the initiative of Pornhub, the world’s most famous pornography website, which has used masterpieces in a video about erotic art, with the clear intention of advertising and trying wash your bad image something, especially after the investigations opened against him for the dissemination of images of abuse of minors and women.

Without authorization, the platform has released the image of two Uffizi paintings: a masterpiece by the Renaissance painter Sandro Boticelli, ‘The Birth of Venus’, an icon box for the gallery, and ‘The Venus de Urbino’by Tiziano.

According to the Italian agency AdnKronos, the director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, has asked MindGeek Holding, the company that owns the website Pornhub, based in Luxembourg, to remove from your video the Venus of Botticelli and Titian, because “Neither has requested nor has authorization” to use the images for your masterpieces. A spokesman for the Florentine museum explained: “It is one of the many cases of commercial use of our images without authorization. We always move in the same way: There is a precise law and we want it to be respected», Specified the spokesman. Indeed, in Italy, the cultural heritage code explains that to use the images of a museum for commercial purposes, the authorization of the museum itself is necessary, which regulates the modalities of use, and the payment of a fee if permission is granted.

The pornography portal Pornhub, the most visited in the world, presents for its promotion, under the title ‘Classic Nudes’, a video with masterpieces from great museums and an audio guide with the voice of porn actresses, an initiative that arouses the ire of museums, because it is a marketing operation of a porn website, without any authorization to disseminate those images, willing to use any means for your advertising and increase your very high profits.

Lorenzo de ‘Medici, the’ playboy ‘of the Renaissance

The american Asa Akira, well-known actress and director of porn films, explain details of some famous masterpieces, among others, ‘The naked maja’ by Goya (Prado Museum); ‘The Bathers’ by Paul Cézanne; ‘The Turkish Bath’ by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Louvre Museum in Paris); Gustave Courbet’s ‘The Origin of the World’ (Musée d’Orsay in Paris), in addition to those cited at the Uffizi: ‘La Venus de Urbino’ by Titian; ‘The Birth of Venus’ by Sandro Botticelli. About Botticelli’s Venus, the porn diva Akira explains: «It was a commission of the ‘playboy’ of the Renaissance, Lorenzo de Medici [1449-1492, conocido como el Magnífico], who had such a large collection of nude paintings that you might consider it the First ‘premium’ member of Pornhub ».

In the promo video, in the role of the Botticelli’s Venus, a former world porn icon appears, Ilona Staller, known by the pseudonym of Cicciolina, former deputy of the Italian parliament for the Radical Party and Ex wife by American pop artist Jeff Koons. In a provocative tone, it is launched as a slogan: «Pornography might not be considered an art, but some artworks definitely can be considered pornography».

The Uffizi legal warning may be the umpteenth contentious faced by Pornhub. The pornography portal could receive similar warnings from other museums with works used in the video without authorization: The Prado in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York or the Louvre and d’Orsay in Paris.

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