SEX IN ART: Pornography and Pleasure In the History of Art

SEX IN ART: Pornography and Pleasure In the History of Art

by Cassidy Hughes


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By Cassidy Hughes

A comprehensive and detailed survey of erotic art from ancient times to the present day.

All of the major erotic artists of the Western tradition are analyzed (Egon Schiele, Hans Bellmer, Thomas Rowlandson, Pablo Picasso, Titian, Jean Baptiste Dominique Ingres, Felicien Rops, Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, and Eric Gill).

Other chapters include erotica in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Oriental erotic art (Taoist and Tantric art from China, Japan and India), gender and eroticism in Renaissance art, and the sensuality of sculpture. Each chapter contains illustrations. A discussion of the complex relationship between art and pornography provides the central critical axis for this challenging book. Each of the major views on erotica and porn are examined, from each political persuasion and argument. There are also chapters on censorship, on feminism, and the relation of erotic art to erotic literature.

There are individual sections on many of the key erotic artists, such as Michelangelo Buonaroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Eric Gill, Gustave Moreau, the Surrealists, Jasper Johns, Constantin Brancusi, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt.

Fully illustrated. This new edition contains many new illustrations (some of which are rare), an updated and revised text, a new introduction and bibliography.

464 pages. With a full colour cover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861717382
Publisher: Crescent Moon Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2018
Series: Painters Series
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents


Part One:

Art, Pornography, Eroticism, Sexuality, Feminism

1 The Pornography of Art/ The Art of Pornography;

Pornography and Feminism/ Feminism

and Pornography 23

2 Art, Sexuality, Eroticism, Pornography/ Pornography,

Eroticism, Sexuality, Art 63

3 Sexuality, Art and Pornography 87

Part Two:

Prehistory, The Orient. Ancient Art, Renaissance

1 Eroticism in Prehistoric Art 121

2 Oriental Eroticism 129

3 Eroticism in Ancient Art: Greece, Egypt, Rome 143

4 Sex in Renaissance Art 153

Part Three:

Modern Art, Symbolism, Expressionism, Surrealism,

Eric Gill

1 Symbolist and Decadent Art 253

2 Sex and Expressionism 265

3 Sex in the Great Moderns 289

4 Mad Love: Surrealist Sex 301

5 Eric Gill 309

Part Four:

Contemporary Art

1 The Sexuality of Surfaces: Jasper Johns 319

2 The Sensuality of Surface and Abstraction in Contemporary

Art 331

3 Contemporary Art 339

4 Eroticism in Contemporary Figurative Art 345

Part Five:

Sculpture, Brancusi, ‘Women’s’ Art, ‘Feminist’ Art

1 Sculpture 375

2 Constantin Brancusi 405

3 Women’s Art, Feminist Art, Women Artists 419

4 Contemporary Feminist and Women’s Art 433

Bibliography 447

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