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Sienna Miller nude: pregnancy is now a fig leaf for artists painting nakedness | Jonathan Jones

7 November 2012 9:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Titian created the warmth of a living body on canvas just to turn men on. These days, it would be hard to get away with that

Nudity never stops causing anxiety, because it never stops arousing awe. Sienna Miller stands naked, beautifully pregnant. Painter Jonathan Yeo claims he chose to unveil this portrait in Berlin, because Germany, he says, is less hung up about nudity. Yet somehow he let images reach all the British papers. Is it daring? It is controversial? On the contrary: pregnancy has become the modern equivalent of a fig leaf, making nude images of women acceptable to all sections of society and all divisions of the media.

From Mark Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant to Damien Hirst's pregnant nude colossus Verity, imminent motherhood has become the respectable garb for artistic representations of naked women.

The reception of Yeo's portrait is typical. "Sienna poses naked »

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