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.
Uncensored: France's erotic art
French erotica - The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Related e. No nation has enjoyed a greater reputation for producing and tolerating erotica --from the 17th century libertine novels to the " whore dialogues ", from the Pads edition of Joyce's Ulysses to And God Created Woman -- than France. Philosophe Denis Diderot penned an 18th-century novel featuring talking body parts, while poet Guillaume Apollinaire spiced up one of his short works with fetishism. These letters were also the inspiration for Alexander Pope 's poem " Eloisa to Abelard ".
The Earliest French Erotica
Le fruit de lamour secret by Pierre - Antoine Baudoin c. Venus Reclining on a Dolphin by Francois Boucher c. Reclining Nymph by Francois Boucher c.
Related e. In painting and sculpture, mythological painting is continued by Poussin in his early period with works such as Venus or a Nymph Spied On by Satyrs. A trend towards erotic realism is present in the work of Rembrandt, most notably in prints such as Ledikant. Completed between and , and probably painted during the artist's visit to Italy, the work depicts the goddess Venus in a sensually erotic pose, lying on a bed and looking into a mirror held by the god of love and sex, her son Cupid.