Topic: Erotic Art
A bit about Erotic Art.
Erotic Art is one of the earliest artistic expressions in history. And it was one of the most common ones too until modern times if we exeptuate medieval Europe and its evolution.
Throughout the world, or may be more precisely, throughout the non Christian or Catholic world, our sexuality was worshiped and part of daily life in a very sane way.
Pleasure and reproduction were different aspects of our life and nothing no one should be ashamed of. Even more in many cultures pleasure and orgasms were a mean through which one could access a closer encounter with the divinity. Hence it was part of culture in a way Western Civilization couldn’t experience until recent times –in terms of history- when we assisted a Sexual revolution during the 70s. It means not that before it was not there, it just implies that it was a taboo matter, an unspoken act, something we didn’t talk openly.
It shouldn’t be a surprise then to have such a broad and varied collection of antique erotic art –paintings, books, sculptures, carvings, etc- from almost every non Western civilization.
These were made not only with “educational” purposes, but in most of the cases as a celebration to a powerful and energetic moment of sociality and human divinity. The enjoyment of sexuality is –together with labor- a specific feature of the human race; no other animals in our planet have the joy of sex and erotism separated from reproducing the specie.
Made out of any material available in the surrounding ecosystem these erotic art works are cultural expressions of the way other societies love, enjoy and know their bodies, they way these ethnic groups share emotive moments and how they bond with their bodies.
This side to erotic art is may be what many people consider its anthropological face, being primal and most important the decorative and aesthetic value of the items.
To others, the value –besides the monetary price to the items in question- relies on the fact that these are not only beautiful art pieces but also very sensual and stimulating to many senses.
All and all, together with antique and modern non western civilization erotic art, in these modern days western civilization has began to catch up on the matter. At this point it’s important to differentiate modern erotic art from pornography, and state that in this case we are not considering any kind of film, for in many cases the line that sets apart one from the other is thin and subjective. And when we address erotic art we specifically aim to consider sculptures and paintings, engravings and these sorts of art forms were the explicit aspect is not what separates one form of sexual expression from the other, but the artistic quality of the item.
In these days sexuality remains a controversial matter in spite of the fact that we are a long way apart from the early Victorian days. And artists of all kinds and ages (it’s implicit, and now explicit, we refer to adult artists) combine not only their own personal artistic abilities but their own sexual sensitivity, and for they share so much of themselves in these works it has become a highly appreciated art form.
For the matter is so rich and controversial we have began to work on a series of articles on the history of erotic art that will help us clarify a bit the evolution of this art form, it’s social and cultural implications and it’s place within our modern world culture and art scene.
See Image Gallery of our artist, Francisco Adaro, up coming artist:
Francisco Adaro, erotic art & artist from Argentina
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