From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Part of French artist Nicolas Poussin‘s painting, Hymenaios Disguised As A Woman During An Offering To Priapus, after its restoration at the Art Museum of Sao Paulo in Brazil, taken on September 1, 2009. A Brazilian art restorer discovered a new layer hidden in a centuries-old painting of the Greek god of fertility, the deity’s erect penis.
Probably that had been censored between Poussin’s time and now by someone more prude than Poussin, though not as artistic. The erect penis was essential for Priapus, marking him as the god of fertility. So, the censorship censored something central.
Somewhat similar to what Silvio Berlusconi does now to eighteenth century masterpieces.
Hymenaios was the Greek god of marriage.
The complete picture is here below.
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