Tweet Share Modern art, architecture, politics, science, philosophy, literature — virtually ever aspect of western civilization has its roots in the Roman empire. An argument can even be made that our current understanding of beauty can be traced to nude forms chipped into marble by Roman artists. However, for as much as our society has been influenced by this lost civilization, what we consider taboo in terms of sexuality has shifted dramatically. While touring the National Archeological Museum in Naples, Italy, I stumbled into a "secret room" featuring a gallery of ancient erotica. In addition to an abundance of penis amulets which will be featured in a later blog , these works of art "celebrate" everything from prostitution to bestiality. When scrolling through the images below, note how the sex scenes compare to modern pornography.
Erotic literature The definition of erotic art is somewhat subjective, and dependent on context since perceptions of both what is erotic and what is art vary. For example, a sculpture of a phallus in some cultures may be considered a traditional symbol of potency rather than overtly erotic. Material that is produced to illustrate sex education may be perceived by others as inappropriately erotic. A distinction is often made between erotic art and pornography , which also depicts scenes of sexual activity and is intended to evoke erotic arousal, but is not usually considered fine art. Some draw a distinction based on the work's intent and message: US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote that the distinction was intuitive, saying about hard-core pornography which would not be legally protected as erotic art, "I know it when I see it"  Further information:
Sexual intercourse between a woman and a man on a terra cotta plaque from Mesopotamia, early 2nd millennium BCE photo credit: The Israel Museum Museums are often misconstrued as dusty and lifeless — the least likely place to find something hot and steamy. Such astonishingly intimate works reveal a side to the ancient Near East that contrasts sharply with the modesty prevalent in the modern Middle East.
To the causal observer, it seems the ancients were more open about their sexuality then we are today. In ancient Rome there were artworks in living rooms or studies depicting erotic images of lovers performing various sexual acts and in ancient Mesopotamia mass-produced terracotta plagues would show couples having sex. The Secret Cabinet For the Romans, sex was a part of their everyday lives, state affairs, religious rites, myths, even warfare, and featured prominently in their art. One of the most famous collections of erotic art from Roman culture is the artwork featured in the secret cabinet gabinetto segreto. The secret cabinet collection is now part of the Naples National Archaeological Museum.
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