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Questionable Artwork (Non-idolatrous)
Johnzo Wrote:Is it forbidden to paint or draw the nude figure with sexual organs showing, even if it is done in a non-pornographic manner? For instance, if I were to paint Adam and Chava in the garden before they ate of the Tree, would I still be required to place branches or leaves over certain areas of the body, even if the painting itself is innocent in nature?

I submitted your questions to Rabbi Moshe Weiner of Jerusalem, author of "The Divine Code."

He answered that there is nothing in the Noahide Code that outright forbids this (if it is not pornographic), but it is considered to be immoral, and therefore it is discouraged.

Johnzo Wrote:Or another example would be if I were taking an art class, and a specific project is to paint/draw the nude figure. Is this forbidden?

I ask this because I am an artist with some ideas in mind for paintings... I also plan on going to art school in the near future, and I know nude study is required.

This adds an additional dimension of immorality, if there is a person posing nude for the class, so it should certainly be discouraged. However, if you will be *required* to participate in this in order to fulfill the requirements for your art degree, you can do so for that purpose. Perhaps there might be some practical requirement for you to retain images of the nude artwork in your professional portfolio, but it would not be proper for you to put it on private or public display after the class is over (but you might consider going to the trouble to draw/paint clothes over the nude figures).

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Questionable Artwork (Non-idolatrous) - by Johnzo - 03-22-2010, 08:21 AM
RE: Artwork - by Director Michael - 04-04-2010, 06:42 PM

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