Friday, April 3, 2009
I learned something new today (from an episode of QI, of course). Apparently, Vatican church officials went through their collection of Roman statuary and chipped off the penises of male busts, sometimes adding leaves to hide the naughty bits. I don't know why I just assumed the Church would refrain from defacing art, allowing ancient Roman willies to fly free, but I was wrong.
This same episode of QI also suggested (perhaps as a joke? Didn't seem so) that the church may have held on to the severed penises. I can't help but crack a smile at the thought of a secret repository of marble dildos hiding away somewhere in the Vatican. Whatever might they keep those for??
The early wave of Calvinist Puritanism is not really the fault of Catholicism, I'm just surprised to see they caved in to such an overblown sense of propriety. What would they think of the Japanese Penis Festival?