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Patreon Dispatches from the Curiosity Shop 59: Cocks and Codexes**
The Vatican library and the Council of Trent.
In which we ponder the finer points of the Vatican’s vast pornography stash and look for a fabled storage room brimming with marble dicks.
** Yes, the plural form of codex is ‘codices,’ but just let me have this one, okay?
Link to the episode on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/78024399
Curiosity Shop Show Notes:
Here are links to the sources and resources we used while researching this episode.
Links to research materials:
Haley: Marble Dicks and Fig Leaves for Statues
- Council of Trent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Trent
- Counter-Reformation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-Reformation#Decrees_on_art
- The Last Judgement (Michaelangelo): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Judgment_(Michelangelo)
- Medieval Censorship, Nudity And The Revealing History Of The Fig Leaf: https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/10/27/medieval-censorship-nudity-and-the-revealing-history-of-the-fig-leaf/?sh=655a6b7cb455
- Alberti’s Window (written by an art historian and professor): http://albertis-window.com/2013/05/a-timeline-of-early-modern-censorship/
- Why Fig Leaves Cover the Private Parts of Classical Sculptures: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-fig-leaf-story-sin-censorship-catholic-church
- The archived Reddit post that began this whole rabbit hole: Did anyone know that there is a room full of statue dicks at the vatican? https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/qtdet/did_anyone_know_that_there_is_a_room_full_of/
Natali: The Vatican Library
- Towards Knowledge Discover from the Vatican Secret Archive. In Codice Ratio– Episode 1: Machine Transcription of the Manuscripts: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1803.03200.pdf
- 15 Historic Wonders Housed in the Vatican’s Secret Archives: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/63850/15-historic-wonders-housed-vaticans-secret-archives
- The World’s Most Secure Buildings- The Vagtican Secret Archives: https://www.identiv.com/resources/blog/the-worlds-most-secure-buildings-the-vatican-secret-archives
- In Codice Ratio: http://www.inf.uniroma3.it/db/icr/
- Vatican Library Site: https://www.vaticanlibrary.va/en/home.php
- History.com- Step Inside the Vatican’s Secret Archives: https://www.history.com/news/step-into-the-vaticans-secret-archives
- Special Bonus: They Might Be Giants “Istanbul (not Constantinople)”