Letter to the Editor

Renaissance art

Friday, February 27, 2004

Dear Editor,

I am asking McCook townspeople right now if it is OK to expose high school kids to Renaissance art.

For an example, I will use Michaelangelo, who painted nude figures. Others with a common theme were Sandro Botticelli, Donatello, Raphael, Leonard Da Vinci and many more. Do high school parents or McCook citizens have a problem with kids, age 14-18, being exposed to such classic nudes?

The reason I bring this up is because this week, a piece created by a student for the McCook High School art show was in for judging, but taken out for public viewing.

This happened because several people expressed that the piece was inappropriate. The piece, named "Eve," was a tasteful portrait of a mostly nude woman, partially covered in roses.

I guess I do not see how tasteful nudes can be taught in art classes, but it is deemed inappropriate for the students to create and display such things. Who among you actually believes that high school students do not know what a nude female body looks like?

It is beautiful and not something to be ashamed of, or hidden.

My closing comment would be my opinion that some people have narrow ideas of what makes fine art.


the proud creator of "Eve,"

Sarah McPhillips


P.S. congratulations to all students who displayed their art; it was terrific!

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