The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association.
Manchester Art Gallery has removed a pre-Raphaelite painting which depicts naked water nymphs seducing a man. Hylas and the Nymphs, painted by John William Waterhouse in 1896 is a famous Victorian painting, but its erotic content - combined with the rise of the #Metoo movement and the recent expose of the President's Club - has prompted curators to take the artwork down.
A statement on the gallery's website said they removed the painting, "To prompt conversation about how we display and interpret artworks in Manchester’s public collection."
"This gallery presents the female body as either a ‘passive decorative form’ or a ‘femme fatale.’ Let’s challenge this Victorian fantasy!"Read more