Slaughtered Pig (1563) - Joachim Beuckelaer

Slaughtered Pig (1563), Oil on oak, 114 x 83 cm (Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne) - BEUCKELAER, Joachim (b. 1530, Antwerpen, d. 1574, Antwerpen)

The theme of the slaughtered pig and the tradition of the Netherlandish butchers' shop were probably established by Aertsen, who painted many such pictures. The genre continued until Rembrandt and beyond. It is also supposed to have a religious significance, as an allegory of the Crucifixion and the Eucharist, represented respectively by the pig in the foreground and the wine being brought from the cellar in the background. --via Web Gallery of Art

Last Judgement - Michelangelo

1563: The Roman Catholic council of Trent concludes that sex is bad and denounces paintings calculated to excite lust." Pope Paul IV has clothes painted onto the naked figures in Michelangelo's painting, Last Judgement, in the Sistine Chapel. --to be checked

The Last Judgement was object of a heavy dispute between Cardinal Carafa and Michelangelo: the artist was accused of immorality and intolerable obscenity, having depicted naked figures, with genitals in evidence, inside the most important church of Christianity, so a censorship campaign (known as the "Fig-Leaf Campaign") was organized by Carafa and Monsignor Sernini (Mantua's ambassador) to remove the frescoes. When the Pope's own Master of Ceremonies, Biagio da Cesena, similarly denounced the work by saying that the work was more suited to a bath-house than a chapel, Michelangelo worked his semblance into the scene as Minos, judge of the underworld. It is said that when da Cesena complained to the Pope, the pontiff responded that his jurisdiction did not extend to hell, so the portrait would have to remain. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistine_Chapel [Aug 2004]

Birth of Orazio Gentileschi

--http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Edrbrash/artemisia/index.html [May 2004]

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