Fig Leaf: The Biggest Cover-up in History

Fig Leaf: The Biggest Cover-up in History


Writer and broadcaster Stephen Smith explores the history of the fig leaf's use throughout 2,000 years of Western art and ethics. He explains how the work of Michelangelo fuelled the Fig Leaf Campaign censorship effort, how Bernini created a new form of erotica with his use of the slipping gauze, and how Rodin brought depictions of nudity back to the public's attention. The presenter argues that Victorians had a more sophisticated and mature attitude to sexuality than is found today, and offers his view that modern art could be redeemed from cheap sensation by the return of the fig leaf.

Cast & Crew

Director Rosie Schellenberg
Executive Producer Jonty Claypole
Producer Rosie Schellenberg