From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Nuda Veritas (1899, Naked Truth) is a painting by Gustav Klimt. It features an inscription by Friedrich Schiller: "Kannst Du nicht allen gefallen durch Deine Tat und Dein Kunstwerk, mach es wenigen recht, vielen gefallen ist schlimm." Nuda Veritas is Latin for truth in nakedness. The painting shocked the contemporary Viennese bourgeoisie because of its depiction of pubic hair. It is currently at the Österreichisches Theatermuseum.
The 'Nuda Veritas' drawing had been published previously in Ver Sacrum in 1898. It had a different inscription "Wahrheit ist feuer und wahrheit reden heisst levchten und brennen." (Leopold Schefer) (Truth is fire and to speak the truth is to shine and burn).