Gods, Nipples, Warhol And Wickedness – Sin Review

By Jonathon Jones

Andy Warhol's "Repent and Sin No More!" (1985–6). 
This free exhibition, which peppers up works from the National Gallery collection with a handful of spunky loans, reveals how much has changed since the 19th century, when the dazzling Venus – lit up in this show by a Tracey Emin neon – had her erect nipple painted out. In Bronzino’s Allegory with Venus and Cupid, painted in about 1545, the goddess of love cavorts naked with her adolescent son Cupid, who is subtly squeezing that nipple between long slender fingers. Both their bodies are smooth as silk. Their passion holds back time – literally. Father Time is one of a strange crowd of envious onlookers who are helpless to defeat sexual love. [More]
Tracey Emin's 'It was just a kiss', 2010 (photography of original 2010 work). Private collection © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2020. Image courtesy the artist
Lucas Cranach the Elder's "Adam and Eve" (1526)