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Love and the Erotic in Art
     

Love and the Erotic in Art

by Stefano Zuffi
 

Even in the Western world, which seems completely accustomed to a widespread appearance of risqué images, an erotic painting from five hundred years ago can still manage to create a sensation. This book, the fifteenth title in the popular Guide to Imagery series, is a delightful romp through the portrayal of love and sexuality in art—age-old subjects

Overview

Even in the Western world, which seems completely accustomed to a widespread appearance of risqué images, an erotic painting from five hundred years ago can still manage to create a sensation. This book, the fifteenth title in the popular Guide to Imagery series, is a delightful romp through the portrayal of love and sexuality in art—age-old subjects depicted in all cultures. The volume surveys Western artworks illustrating more or less explicitly delicate or amorous subjects. The gamut of possibilities is vast, ranging from chaste tenderness to overwhelming frenzies of the senses, from Classical allusion to sexual fantasy.

A series of general themes is presented, with a detailed reading of the significance and symbolic content of the individual works illustrating each theme. In the paintings of the past, the reader will encounter gestures, objects, places, and situations that seem familiar and that offer the traditional setting of "love scenes" from every epoch. The volume closes with a chapter highlighting some of the most famous couples of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606060094
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
499,605
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Stefano Zuffi is the author of Gospel Figures in Art, European Art of the Fifteenth Century, and European Art of the Sixteenth Century.

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