Museums up in arms over Pornhub’s raunchy recreations of fine art masterpieces

Porn Hub launched a platform called ‘Classic Nudes’ to encourage their fans to visit museums that have been struggling due to the pandemic, but they landed in hot water after adult stars recreated famous scenes

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Pornhub has landed in hot water with famous museums after they recreated fine art masterpieces in an adult style, as part of a new platform they call ‘Classic Nudes’.

The adult industry giant launched the new series to encourage their fans to visit museums and art galleries, many of which have been badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

They launched a guided tour, voiced by adult actor Asa Akira, showing their fans the ‘sexiest scenes in history at the world’s most famous museums’.

As part of the initiative, adult performers recreated fine art masterpieces including Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Edgar Degas’s Male Nude, and Jan Gossaert’s Adam and Eve.

The galleries in the tour include The MET, The Prado, The Uffizi Gallery, The National Gallery, the Musee d’Orsay, and The Louvre – who took exception to the initiative due to rights infringements.

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“Some people think of museums as boring, stuffy or dull”, reads the description on the Classic Nudes website. “But what if we told you they housed a collection of priceless porn?

“Welcome to Classic Nudes, Pornhub’s interactive guide to some of the sexiest scenes in history at the world’s most famous museums.

“Join us as we tour the most respected institutions in western art, guiding you past all the prude paintings and going directly to the good stuff: representations of the naked body in all its artistic glory.

“Because porn may not be considered art, but some art can definitely be considered porn.”

The tour takes in museums from around the world, including America, Spain, Italy, and France, to name a few, and as such it can either be enjoyed remotely or in-person – as a visual website tour, or an audio track to listen to while walking around the sites.

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Each work included has an unorthodox description, such as Botticelli’s Spring, of which Pornhub says the artist “painted this for a dude called Lorenzo de Medici to give to his new bride – presumably as a medieval mood starter”.

Asa Akira, brand ambassador for Pornhub, said: “There’s a treasure trove of erotic art around the world – depicting nudes, orgies, and more – that’s not available on Pornhub.

“These pre-Internet art pieces are currently sitting in museums, which we are now finally able to start visiting again as covid restrictions are starting to lift.

“So as people start to head back to The Louvre or The MET, they can simply open Classic Nudes, and I’ll be their guide. Time to ditch those boring self-tour recordings and enjoy every single brushstroke of these erotic masterpieces with me.”

An advert for the tour sees adult actor Ilona Staller recreate The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, and in a clip, two performers, known as MySweetApple, recreate Brunette Odalisque by François Boucher, which hangs in the Louvre.

And a spokesperson for The Uffizi in Florence also told the publication: “No one has granted authorisations for the operation or use of the art.

“In Italy, the cultural heritage code provides that in order to use images of a museum, compressed works for commercial purposes, it is necessary to have the permission, which regulates the methods and sets the relative fee to be paid.

“All this obviously if the museum grants the authorisation which, for example, would hardly have been issued in this case.”

The Uffizi and Pornhub have both been contacted, and the Louvre refused to comment.

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