A month ago, Pornhub launched its ‘Classic Nudes‘ campaign to encourage platform users to visit and support reopened museums. However, following threats of legal action, Pornhub have removed almost half of the images from the guide.
In July, the adult platform released an interactive guide to erotic paintings housed in the world’s most famous museums such as the Louvre (France), MET (New York), Prado (Spain), Uffizi Gallery (Italy), National Gallery (UK) and Musee d’Orsay (France).
While the goal was noble and most legitimate, the reaction of some museums was quite different from what Pornhub expected. Both the Louvre and the Uffizi Gallery were very unhappy with the campaign and especially with the fact that their collections had been infringed upon and unauthorized. As a result, lawyers of these institutions contacted Pornhub and, under threat of legal action, demanded that the artwork and the erotic adaptation of the works performed by the MySweetApple couple be removed from the guide.
According to Art News – the Uffizi announced that it was planning to sue Pornhub for copyright infringement. In particular, the Uffizi objected to Pornhub’s use of Titian’s famed Venus of Urbino (1538) in a pornographic reenactment with the amateur adult couple, MySweetApple.
Meanwhile, the Louvre, continues Art News – launched legal action alongside the Uffizi Gallery for the use of its late 16th-century painting Gabrielle d’Estrees and One of Her Sisters (ca. 1594) by an unknown artist, as did the Prado Museum for the use of works in their collection, including Francisco de Goya’s La Maja Desnuda (ca. 1797–1800).
As a result, works located in the Louvre, the Uffizi Gallery and the Prado have been removed from ‘Classic Nudes’. Interestingly, the works that are in the American MET museum can still be seen, although the museum, too, has made it clear that it is not pleased with the project.
For those who are both lovers of the paintings as well as erotica and pornography, this is not a good news, as the reconstructions of the paintings by the MySweetApple couple were something truly unprecedented, and they were clearly created not for sexual gratification, but as an unusual tribute to these timeless works of art.