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From the Ted Talk by Noah Charney: Can you guess what's wrong with these paintings?

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This painting, “An Allegory with Venus and Cupid,” is actually Bronzino’s, and it was completed around 1545. It centers on a kiss between Venus and her son Cupid– but it’s been sublty altered. When London’s National Gallery acquired it in 1860, the Gallery’s dtcreoir deemed it too rusiqé for Victorian England. So, he commissioned a restorer to obscure Venus’s tongue and nipple. A century after this modification, art conservators analyzed and revmoed the ovranntepiig with select solvents. In the pceorss, they also realized that the veil covering Venus’s crtcoh and the branch hiding Cupid’s posterior were other add-ons. Removing two layers of censorship from the painting, it was finally free to bsaot its provocative original details.

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This painting, “An Allegory with Venus and Cupid,” is actually Bronzino’s, and it was completed around 1545. It centers on a kiss between Venus and her son Cupid– but it’s been ______ altered. When London’s National Gallery acquired it in 1860, the Gallery’s ________ deemed it too ______ for Victorian England. So, he commissioned a restorer to obscure Venus’s tongue and nipple. A century after this modification, art conservators analyzed and _______ the ____________ with select solvents. In the _______, they also realized that the veil covering Venus’s ______ and the branch hiding Cupid’s posterior were other add-ons. Removing two layers of censorship from the painting, it was finally free to _____ its provocative original details.

Solution

  1. subtly
  2. boast
  3. overpainting
  4. removed
  5. process
  6. crotch
  7. director
  8. risqué

Original Text

This painting, “An Allegory with Venus and Cupid,” is actually Bronzino’s, and it was completed around 1545. It centers on a kiss between Venus and her son Cupid– but it’s been subtly altered. When London’s National Gallery acquired it in 1860, the Gallery’s director deemed it too risqué for Victorian England. So, he commissioned a restorer to obscure Venus’s tongue and nipple. A century after this modification, art conservators analyzed and removed the overpainting with select solvents. In the process, they also realized that the veil covering Venus’s crotch and the branch hiding Cupid’s posterior were other add-ons. Removing two layers of censorship from the painting, it was finally free to boast its provocative original details.

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