ATC 2.5 x 3.5 inches
I have to lay blame/give credit to my husband for my interpretation of this weeks word. He has a habit of referring to male anatomy as "equipment." So, in order to keep my blog (cough) "school appropriate" I thought I would touch on a bit of art history associated with the topic of male anatomy and censorship.
The addition of fig leaves to anatomically complete nude sculptures began in the mid 16th century as a reaction to Michelangelo's David and the Sistine Chapel Frescos. A man by the name of Cardinal Carafa, led the campaign to cover nude figures in paintings and sculptures with a fig leaf. An apron of fig leaves was the biblical symbolic clothing of Adam when he first recognized his own nakedness in the book of Genesis. Unfortunately hundreds if not thousands of works of art were permanently damaged in the process of removing the offending appendages and covering the wounded artwork with plaster or bronze fig leaves.
Amazingly many sculptures have since been reunited with their original "equipment".