Art: Strippers v. Drapers

Everything was ready for the opening of Spain's "First International Open-Air Exhibit of Sculpture" in Madrid's Retire Park. The organizers of the show, led by Art Critic Sefiora Juana de Mordo, had invited and received entries from Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Sweden. But as diplomats and officials gathered in striped pants and top hats for the formal inauguration, they noted a strange sight: all the nude statues had been primly covered with white sheets.

Hastily, the show's organizers snatched off the drapery; quick as a wink, students from a nearby seminary for student priests rushed out and re-covered the offending desnudos....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!