Warning: This post contains images of erotic artwork. Very, very, very erotic artwork that may not be suitable for your workplace. Chock-full of recognizable Cubist nudes, decadent topless Renaissance scenes and the occasional phallic sculpture, the collection set to hit the auction block serves as a wild survey of the naughtiest depths of art history not often seen in the halls of such a storied institution. The sale, it turns out, is also a rousing lesson on the alleged sexual proclivities of Catherine the Great. The iconic leader, rumored to have had a soft spot for erotic decor, purportedly stashed the explicit piece of furniture in a private apartment that was later destroyed in a palace bombing. Or so the tall tales go.
THE BEST ACCOUNTS FOR EROTIC ART ON INSTAGRAM – PART I
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Since the beginning of civilization, humans have incorporated sexuality into erotic art, worship, and daily life. There have been cultures and times were explicit references to sexuality were more accepted by societal norms, and times when there have not. However, the repressive view of sexuality espoused by the Church in the Middle Ages, and then the repressed sexuality of the Victorian era have left many in the Western world believing that few if any in the past were willing and able to accept and even revel in their sexuality. Most of us look to the past and think of an era where sexuality was a taboo subject, until the groundbreaking social changes of the 60s and 70s. This view was supported by many of the authorities of the 20th century, who often edited explicitly sexual objects and events out of history books and museums. When the lost city of Pompeii was first rediscovered in the 19th century, King Francis of Sicily had all the many sex artifacts found placed in a "secret cabinet" to be locked away. As sexual norms have changed through the course of the 20th century, we have begun to see the true nature of the past, and see that many past civilizations celebrated sexuality and genitalia in a way that would seem extreme today.
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