1000 Erotic Works of Gnius (The Book)
Different eras and civilisations have treated erotic images with varying acceptance and different concepts of erotica and these tendencies are reflected within the works themselves. From ancient statues devoted to fertility to Renaissance engravings designed to encourage procreation within marriage, erotic art has always held an important place in society. Here, for the first time, 1,000 authentic images of erotic art have been brought together, spanning the centuries and civilisations to demonstrate the evolution of the genre. In an era such as ours when eroticism is abundant in advertising and the media, this book gives a refreshing insight into the background of erotic imagery, highlighting the artistic value of beautiful works of eroticism executed with skill.
which among them go back to Lysippos. As head of the great athletic school of Peloponnese, Lysippos naturally sculptured many athletes; a figure by him of a man scraping himself with a strigil was a great favourite of the Romans in the time of Tiberius; it has usually been regarded as the original copied in the Apoxyomenos of the Vatican. 36. Anonymous, Meleager, copy after a Greek original created by Skopas, c. 340 B.C.E.
h: 193 cm. Musei Capitolini, Rome (Italy). 44. Anonymous, Wounded Amazon, Roman copy after a Greek original created by Polykleitos, c. 440-430 B.C.E. Marble, h: 202 cm. Musei Capitolini, Rome (Italy). 45. Anonymous, Belvedere Apollo, Roman copy after a Greek original created by Leochares, c. 330 B.C.E. Marble, h: 224 cm. Museo Pio Clementino, Vatican (Italy). The Belvedere Apollo has long enjoyed fame, known as the prototypical work of Greek art. This fame springs from its
46. Anonymous, Apoxyomenos, copy after a bronze original created by Lysippos, c. 330 B.C.E. Marble, h: 205 cm. Museo Pio Clementino, Vatican (Italy). In the fourth century, standing male statues of idealised athletes remained a popular subject for sculpture. The poses became more varied, however, as sculptors experimented with forms that could be viewed from multiple angles. The Apoxyomenos, or Man scraping
The Creation of Eve, The Original Sin, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, Bruges, c. 1480. National Library of Russia, St Petersburg (Russia). 141. Ambrogio and Cristoforo de Predis, Fountain of Love, c. 1490. Biblioteca Estense, Modena (Italy). 142. Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), The Birth of Venus, 1484-1486. Tempera on canvas, 180 x 280 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (Italy).
influence. This influence showed itself in Gregor Erhart’s work. He moved beyond the constrictions of late gothic work. His figures exhibit a new freedom and plasticity. Especially remarkable is an extraordinarily life like, full-length, polychrome wooden sculpture of the St Mary Magdalene in the Louvre. 158. Hieronymus Bosch, Triptych of the Hermits, c. 1505. Oil on panel, 86.5 x 120 cm. Palazzo Ducale, Venice (Italy). Hieronymus BOSCH