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Posted by abeodbart September 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm


A Brazilian art restorer has discovered a new layer hidden in a centuries-old painting of the Greek god of fertility Priapus by French artist Nicolas Poussin – the deity’s erect penis.Β “They hid the phallus of Priapus. It’s what we call adjustment for modesty, and it’s not uncommon,” said Regina Pinto Moreira, quoted in Tuesday’s edition of the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

She suspects the cover-up was made in conservative Catholic Spain in the 18th century.

Ms Moreira, who worked as an master art restorer at the Louvre in Paris for some 30 years, spent eight months alongside two French experts restoring Poussin’s large 1634-1638 painting Hymenaios Disguised As A Woman During An Offering To Priapus.Β The 3.71-metre by 1.66-metre artwork depicts Hymenaios, the Greek god of marriage ceremonies, dressed as a woman and dancing with Priapus, who was traditionally depicted with an erect penis.

ABC (thanks, KirstyJ)

September 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm
muffinmonkey says:

Priapus without a phallus is like Athena without a bicycle

September 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm
Hannah Derbyshire says:

I became quite distressed at the sight and had to sit down in the car park. I demand to see the gallery manager. πŸ˜‰

September 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm
JayKay says:

That would have been a lovely wee surprise for Ms Moreira. Perk of the job, ahem.

September 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm
Joanne says:

Wow!! No wonder he’s smiling. Still kind of looks like its been doodled on by a naughty school boy though!

September 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Wait, which was the dirty layer? πŸ˜‰

September 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I laughed far too much at this…. I need to grow up :)

September 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm
@philstephens says:

I love the way the Derren Brown blog is gradually becoming my number one source of news… Who needs Reuters/The BBC/Sky News anyhow? Killer parasites, gollum like sea monsters and hidden penises are where it’s at.

September 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm
Joanne says:

Eye spy with my little eye something begining with D? hehe

September 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm
Waq says:

The guy who covered him up is a massive cock…

September 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm
Damian says:

“I love the way the Derren Brown blog is gradually becoming my number one source of news… Who needs Reuters/The BBC/Sky News anyhow? Killer parasites, gollum like sea monsters and hidden penises are where it’s at.”

Totally agree, – The non-interesting stuff just seems to get filtered loverly.

September 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Oh Joanne, that’s just tooooo easy….it’s decorations, isn’t it??? What do you mean, no?! πŸ˜‰

LC x

September 29, 2009 at 11:55 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Oh my goody how am i going to sleep now!

I love Priapusses and penises ehh πŸ˜€

September 30, 2009 at 12:12 am
flapjack says:

It’s a bit like those plaster fig leaves the Victorians used to put on naked statues, then they’d just sit around waiting for autumn.

September 30, 2009 at 12:20 am
Melanie says:

Where is the penis, is it the ‘thing in the middle -smiling??? That doesn’t look like the ones I have seen or ‘dealt with’ but I will check next time I see one……..sorry, sorry, I have had a long day at work and I am not even funny……

September 30, 2009 at 12:27 am
JayKay says:

@ReliegiousMarie – what the Hell kind of mushroom growth is going on there?! Priapus has a wee infection going on there…

September 30, 2009 at 1:03 am
Abhilasha says:

what am I doing here?

September 30, 2009 at 1:18 am
Maura says:

And now I know where the word “priapism” in the Vi@G.r@ ads comes from!

September 30, 2009 at 5:55 am
Bluetooth says:

Hi Abhilasha I guess you were reading a post here. Don’t you. Then might be possible you came here by mistake. If you got the reason let me inform ok???

September 30, 2009 at 7:02 am
Kirsty says:

You’re welcome :)


September 30, 2009 at 8:28 am
flapjack says:

Is this what they mean when they say someone “…erected a statue”?
Those dancing nymphs in the painting must be incredibly hot to get that reaction out of a carved stone block πŸ˜€

September 30, 2009 at 8:40 am
J2g says:

I am no expert, but I think I spy some ball cupping.

September 30, 2009 at 9:24 am
chris jones says:

It’s not as impressive as the one painted over on the mona lisa….. ’tis the real reason for that smile, it’s an ‘i’ve got a secret boys’ smile

September 30, 2009 at 9:42 am
Nopke says:

Hm .. maybe we can cover it up again …. this is just too much for my too soft pure soul …

Ehehe …

September 30, 2009 at 10:06 am
ReliegiousMarie says:

@Jaykay…i have no idea, really …just googled the image, duhrr haha

@Flapjack…my god you, stop punching πŸ˜€

September 30, 2009 at 10:08 am
JayKay says:

@J2g – yeh, deffo ball cupping. Maybe it’s just good luck to rub statues..?

September 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Ms G says:

Oh well, it is not that strange … you guys all cover up your penis. It might have been more weird that someone did paint it in full erect form in the first place. Must have been the ladies ..

September 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm
flapjack says:

all these years later and we’re still scribbling them in the margins of school notebooks and toilet walls (some illustrations come with handy impirical measurements too!)…
sod Pythagoras and Socrates – there’s a cultural legacy the Greeks can really be proud of πŸ˜‰

September 30, 2009 at 9:56 pm
JoJo says:

The thing that made me laugh most was how happy the statue looks with himself. If thats not a picture of a Greek God who is truly comfortable with his own appearance I don’t know what is. hehe


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