THE ROYAL ACADEMY wants London Underground to rethink its ban on a poster showing the goddess Venus in the altogether.
Venus was chosen by the Royal Academy to publicise its upcoming exhibition featuring work by the 15th/16th century German artist Lucas Cranach, but London Underground vetoed the plan.
“Millions of people travel on the London Underground each day and they have no choice but to view whatever adverts are posted there,” said a fully-clothed spokesperson for London Underground.
“We have to take account of the full range of travellers and endeavour not to cause offence in the advertising we display.”
The Royal Academy have now urged Tube censors to reconsider. “We’re just hoping they change their minds and accept her,” said an Academy spokesperson. “We don’t have a version B where she’s got her clothes on.”
Cranach works are at the Royal Academy from 8 March to 8 June.