Bare-breasted Venus on MIA's Titian billboard graffiti-bombed with bra

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Resnicow Schroeder
Venus had whatever the opposite of a wardrobe malfunction is.
Apparently a kind, neighborhood graffiti artist felt sorry for poor Venus as he went past a billboard for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Titian exhibit. Perhaps he thought that the bare-breasted goddess, from the 16th-century work Venus Rising from the Sea, looked mighty cold up there with a foot of snow raining down.

So, he did what any gentleman vandal would do: Help a lady out.

The local art world has been abuzz with the arrival of the Titians--it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to view paintings that are normally housed in the National Gallery of Scotland. The exhibit, including the highly anticipated Diana and Actaeon, Diana and Callisto, and Venus Rising from the Sea, opened on February 6.

Naturally, the museum was hoping to drum up some excitement with its Venus billboard, in which the goddess is shown in the buff, drying her hair:

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Before.

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Then, a marketing employee noticed that something was a little off with the Venus on the corner of Highway 12 and Long Lake Street. She snapped this photo:

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And after.

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