Pornhub sued by Italian art gallery for depicting Birth of Venus with ‘naked’ porn star

A PRESTIGIOUS Italian gallery is suing Pornhub for using a porn star to pose as The Birth of Venus.

Uffizi Gallery is pushing ahead with legal action against the erotic website after it hired Italian adult star Ilona Staller, 69, to promote a range of content focusing on Renaissance artwork.


A promo video for Classic Nudes – a new porno guide which promises to showcase the erotic potential of the Renaissance -shows Staller, a retired porn star and ex-Italian MP known as Cicciolina, as Venus in Botticelli's iconic The Birth of Venus.

Botticelli's masterpiece depicts the goddess of love arriving on land and is met by a woman often identified as the Three Graces, who holds out a cloak covered in flowers.

Pornhub says Classic Nudes aims to attract a more highbrow audience by recreating some of the best-known painted nudes sitting in galleries around the world.

The adult site is promising to take voyeurs "past all the prude paintings" and straight to "the good stuff: representations of the naked body in all it's artistic glory".

The new guide will show where famous pieces are located and in same instances, will offer a real-life depiction by nude models.

Tommaso Galligani, a spokesman for the Uffizi, said: “This is a publicity stunt by Pornhub and we don’t want to turn it into a big international case."

Pornhub, and its parent company MindGeek, did not respond to a request for comment.

The website's home page says: "Some people think of museums as boring, stuffy or dull. But what if we told you they housed a collection of priceless porn?"


"Because porn may not be considered art, but some art can definitely be considered porn," it continued.

People can participate in interactive tours of some of the most renowned museums in the world such as the Museo Del Prado, the National Gallery, the Louvre, the Met, Uffizi Gallery and the Museu d’Orsay and enjoy provocative descriptions of each masterpiece.

For example, Botticelli's 'Spring' that hangs in the Uffizi says the artist “painted this for a dude called Lorenzo de Medici to give to his new bride – presumably as a medieval mood starter”.

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