Monday, April 22, 2013

fig leaf n
 1. (Christian Religious Writings / Bible) a leaf from a fig tree
2. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures
3. a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent
The fig leaves were added to this 15th century fresco in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence three centuries after it was painted,  Fig leaves removed when the painting was restored and cleaned in the 1980s.