29 Pieces Of Erotic Art That Prove People Have Always Loved Sex

From Rome to India to the Americas, erotic art has always existed throughout the ancient world, proving that people have always loved sex.

Sexual Scene Greece
Priapus Napoli
Pan Goat Sex
Jade Sex Statue
29 Pieces Of Erotic Art That Prove People Have Always Loved Sex
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Sexuality has been a part of the human experience since our inception as a species.

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.

Sculptures of penises and vaginas are rampant throughout cultures across the world, with many using exaggerated figures of theses genitals as representations of gods of fertility.

From Rome to India to Persia to the Americas, sexual art existed throughout the ancient world. Sexual art was sometimes used to denote that a place was a brothel, to promote fertility, to tell sexual stories, or even to mark graves.

Here are some of the most interesting historical pieces of erotic art.


Enjoy this gallery of erotic art? Next, check out these bizarre photos that prove history was far stranger than your ever realized. Then, learn about the NASA-funded experiment that led to sex acts between a woman and a dolphin.

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe is a New York City-based writer and an Editorial Intern at All That Is Interesting.
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