Beautiful Man

Venus is a piece of artwork that caused some controversial at Vassar. Here is an issue that could debate on and on. I wanted to put in my 2 cents on their site about the work but after reading a few comments, I rather just write my comments here than getting involve. I can see why the head of the Woman Studies department were offended by the work. However, when I look at a work of art, I do not let my personal opinion interferes with the work. Instead, I focused on the aesthetic experience. It doesn’t matter if the Venus is a male or female. He/she is both beautiful in term of the form, colors, strokes and shades. It’s all about the aesthetic experience. What is your take on this one?