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Occasionally, though, the question has been asked: as the artist saw herself as essentially religious in nature, was it really necessary for her to always depict herself naked? Indeed, was she not being exhibitionist, perhaps even sacrilegious, in doing so?
She answered this by brushing aside academic musings on the definitions of nakedness and nudity - of being oneself or being seen naked by others and not being recognised for oneself - and drew our attention to the fact that the very earliest known icons of worship were naked female figurines.
As far back as Neolithic and Palaeolithic times works of art, such as the famous sculpture carved in oolitic limestone, the Venus of Willendorf (c. 24,000 BC) depicted the naked female form as the personification of gods being predominately maternal life forms.
Why, then, should she have felt ashamed? Was she not after all just emulating images of ancient gods? Issues of presumption aside, where was the actual sacrilege?
Rispondeva a questo ignorando i termini accademici sulla definizione di essere nudi, e mensionava il fatto che le primissime icone di culto erano infatti immagini nude femminili.
Sin dell’epoca Neolitica e Paleolitica, si ritraeva la forma nuda femminile come personificazione della divinita’ predominalmente rappresentata in forme di vita materna, come per esempio la famosa scultura intagliata in calcare oolitico, la Venere di Willendorf (c. 24,000 AC). Perche’ allora lei avrebbe dovuto vergonarsi? Dopo tutto, non stava soltanto emulando immagini di antiche deita’? Dove era l’attuale sacrilegio?