A pictorial cultural history of the images and iconography of sexuality in the Western world, from the Middle Ages down to the present. The first book of its type, this beautifully illustrated work contains 328 plates, many heretofore unknown, which comprise the visual tradition of human sexuality. Traces mythmaking about the sexual form, from the early cultural roots of Christianity to more recent mythmaking about AIDS, drawing on material from medicine, anatomy, pathology, art, and literature to show how our idea of the body and its sexuality has been portrayed. Includes new material on Jack the Ripper, and new interpretations on the contributions of Da Vinci and Goethe.
|Publisher:||Echo Point Books & Media|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
Table of ContentsRepresenting Human Sexuality.
From Word to the Image: Biblical Icons of Sexuality in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Sexuality, Difference, and Disease in the Science and Culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Leonardo da Vinci's First Image of Human Sexuality.
Icons of Sexuality in European Seventeenth-Century Art and Science.
The Representation of Sexuality During the Enlightment.
Icons of Sexuality During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.
Representing the Sexual in the Fin de Siecle.
Manet and Zola See Nana: Representing Sexuality and Disease in the Fin de Siecle.
The Image of AIDS: Representing Sexuality and Disease at the Turn of Another Century.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All the nitty-gritty I’m just fascinated by the history of medicine, and when I started to have questions about sexually transmitted diseases, this book had all the answers… and then some. It’s a little hard to read at times, due to its graphic illustrations and dry text, but the information is solid. Gilman has put a great deal of research into this book, making it the most comprehensive book on the subject of sexuality. By working chronologically from the Middles Ages to the Renaissance to the last three centuries, you learn the significant developments in the representation of sexuality in medicine, religion, culture, and crime. A comparable text is The Wages of Sin.