I looked up William-Adolphe Bouguereau knowing he had painted a few paintings of the Virgin because I wanted to see if he had done other religious art. I didn’t know about all of the nudes he had painted, so it kind of caught me by surprise. These were very beautiful paintings, but looking at them kind of had me concerned. How do I know I’m sincerely and innocently admiring the human form and not lusting over the female figure? Is arousal any indication? I’m sixteen, and I have a very bad habit of watching certain things (I’m sure I don’t have to explain what), and I’m worried that this might pervert my enjoyment of art, making it into something it shouldn’t be. When I look at these paintings, I might get aroused, but I don’t feel tempted to do the things I do when I watching and looking at the other stuff. I also look at the entire body, because I know the painter wouldn’t have painted it if he hadn’t wanted anyone to see it. Is this wrong? And another question. How do I enjoy art of this nature, and art in general?
Also, I know other threads have been made on the subject of nudity in art, but as my questions are more specific, I would appreciate it if no one simply pointed to those threads without contributing anything else. I don't know if anyone would do that, but I just want to make sure I get answers tailored to my questions.