If anything proves the absurdity of the moral conservative’s complaint about the naked child in art it’s the existence of countless objet d’art featuring naked children: statuettes, lamp bases, vases, even ashtrays. Why are these considered innocent, yet a painting or photograph close to child pornography? To illustrate my point here’s a collection:

All of these images were borrowed from Academic Nudes of the 19th Century – a wonderful resource; where there are many more examples to be found.