ARTSPACE: Renaissance Porn: A Brief History of the European Erotic Nude

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Pssst...hey, you there.  

 

...Ever seen a naked lady before? 

 

Neither have I, but I hear they’re pretty popular, especially with 16th-century Italian dudes. As it turns out, perverts have been around longer than Craigslist, even (who knew?), and it’s no secret that the most conservative eras invariably give rise to stunningly prurient tastes; just ask Foucault (or don’t; he’s dead). But still, how did the tradition of the erotic nude, so resplendently ensconced in the canon by the likes of Rubens, Titian and their horny brethren, worm its way past religious gatekeepers and Papal condemnation? The answer lies at the crossroads of trend, capitalism, and human nature, the same buzzy nexus that gifted us the latest Cats movie trailer, with slightly different results. 

 

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.artspace.com/magazine/art_101/close_look/renaissance-porn-a-brief-history-of-the-european-erotic-nude-56174

July 23, 2019
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