Tantric Sex Art: Society Hasn’t Always Been Prudish

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Sex art has been popular for centuries. After all, art is about self-expression, and what is more intimate than sex?

For the most part, modern society seems to contradict itself when it comes to sex. On the one hand, we use it to sell just about anything under the sun and have thus wed sexuality with popular culture. And yet, when people speak of sex openly, we tend to look at them askance, questioning their character. But humanity hasn’t always been so conservative. In fact, many civilizations throughout history have openly embraced their sexual nature as not just reality but an art, as evidenced below:

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Sex Art Hohle

The Venus of Hohle Fels is a 35,000-year-old ivory sculpture uncovered in Germany in 2008. It was made from mammoth tusk and depicts a female figure without a head, suggesting that its owner wore it as an amulet. This sculpture showed us that figurative art was thousands of years older than we previously thought. Source: LAOP

Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf is yet another Venus statuette estimated to be between 25,000 and 28,000 years old. It was found in Austria and it was carved out of limestone and colored using red ochre. Some researchers claim that the statue depicts a fertility goddess while others argue that it might be a self-portrait. Source: Art Duh

Sex Art in History

Archaeologists believe this might be the oldest sex statue in the world. Only parts of this 7,200-year old statue, dubbed the Adonis of Zschernitz, were recovered, but enough was found to suggest that it could have depicted a couple having sex. Source: Luetzschena-Stahmeln

Turin Papyrus

This is part of the severely-degraded Turin Papyrus, the only surviving erotic scroll-painting in existence. Described as the “world’s first men’s magazine," the papyrus comes from the Ramesside Period in 1150 BC. Most fragments depict a short, chubby, balding man having sex with several beautiful women. However, part of the papyrus is humorous. It presents anthropomorphized animals doing human labor, reminiscent of an ancient comic strip. Source: Infinitus Possibilis

Khajuraho Erotic Sculptures

The Khajuraho temples in India are about 1,000 years old, and are dedicated to various Hindu and Jain gods. The 21 temples are renowned for their erotic sculptures that make up about 10% of the thousands of carvings. Source: Panoramio

Sex Art in India

Another erotic sculpture from the Khajuraho temples. These sculptures do not represent deities but rather ordinary people. Most of the other carvings show them performing routine tasks that were part of their daily life, such as working, farming, playing, and making music. Source: Panoramio

Jagganath Sculptures

The Jagannath Temple Carvings come from a 12th century Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath in India. All of the sculptures at the temple are made out of stone or metal except for Jagannath himself, who is carved out of sacred wood that is replaced every 12 years during the Navakalevara ceremony. Source: PBase

Ancient Red Figure Pottery

Red-figure pottery frequently depicted erotic scenes. Athenian artists adopted the style in the late 6th century BC and it quickly became the predominant painting method throughout Ancient Greece. Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Oinochoe Red Figure Sex Art

Another red-figure pottery painting. Known as Oinochoe, it’s one of the most famous erotic artifacts of Ancient Greece. A prominent Athenian artist called the Shuvalov Painter created it sometime between 440 and 410 BC. Source: Wikipedia

Erotic Lamp Art

Romans regularly used erotic motifs for more than just art. Here is an oil lamp depicting a couple having sex. Source: Wikipedia

Spintria Brothel Coins

Although it might look like a coin, the spintria is actually a bronze Roman token from the 2nd century BC. Scholars argue that spintriae were used for brothels since most of them have erotic depictions. Roman historian Suetonius backs up this claim by specifying that Emperor Tiberius made it treasonous to carry coins bearing the emperor’s image into brothels. Source: iCollector

Erotic Brothel Art

Speaking of Roman brothels, it shouldn’t be surprising to find out that their walls were frequently covered with sexual images. Source: Wikipedia

Sex Art Survives in Pompeii

The city of Pompeii was well known as a treasure trove of sex and debauchery before Mount Vesuvius buried it under ash. However, many works of art have survived the ordeal, like this fresco from a suburban bath excavated only 20 years ago. Source: Wikipedia

Mercury Erotic Art Pompeii

This image was painted on a wall in Pompeii, showing Priapus, a minor god of fertility and male genitalia. In the mural, Priapus is depicted as Mercury, but distinguished through his oversized, permanent erection. Source: Wikipedia

Ancient Erotic Art

The nearby city of Herculaneum was just as pervy as Pompeii. Here we have one of the most pristine examples of Roman erotic art, “Pan Copulating with a Goat”. The sex art is part of a massive collection of sculptures that were excavated from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum in the 1750s. Source: Wikipedia

Shunga Japanese Erotic Art

Shunga is Japanese sex art created primarily using woodblock print. The style reached its peak in the 17th century during the Edo period. The characters of shunga were usually clothed, since nudity wasn’t perceived as erotic, and a lot of detail went into depicting the genitalia. Source: Wikipedia

Dream of the Fisherman's Wife

“The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” is one of the most famous shunga woodcuts in history. Japanese artist Hokusai created it in 1814, depicting tentacle erotica, a motif which is still popular in Japanese culture. Since its creation, this piece has been very influential. Even Picasso painted his own version of the woodcut. Source: Wikipedia

Peruvian Sex Art

This example of Peruvian art belongs to the Moche civilization. Pre-Columbian South American art often depicted sexual imagery as a symbol of fertility. Like many other ancient civilizations, Peruvian cultures used art to chronicle their daily lives, and sex clearly played an important part. Source: DeLange

Homoerotic Warren Cup

The Warren Cup is a silver Roman cup that shows men having sex. The homoerotic depictions made it very controversial in modern times, and the British Museum refused to buy it at a cheap price when it had the chance in the 1950s. The museum later changed its mind and paid £1.8 million for it in 1999, making it the most expensive purchase by the museum at the time. Source: Wikipedia

Ancient Egyptian Sex Art

This ancient Egyptian sculpture possibly depicts Osiris impregnating Isis after his death in order to give birth to Horus. It comes from the Early Ptolemaic period around 300 BC. The smaller figures supposedly depict priests helping Osiris perform the ritual. Source: Wikipedia

Micro Sculptures: Great Things Can Come In Small Sizes

Micro Sculptures Collection

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If we take a look at art throughout history, it becomes quite clear that cultures around the world have associated size with value. A giant block of stone enters the studio of a talented sculptor and emerges, almost as if by magic, as a larger-than-life testament to the human form. A painter stares at his subject, and with a certain combination of small brush strokes creates a portrait so imposingly grandiose that it can only be hung in a cathedral or palace.

While floor-to-ceiling frescos and sculptures are diminishing in terms of popularity, one constant remains: as a matter of survival, artists are always looking to innovate. One of the most impressive recent trends in art is microsculpting, a practice where artists create incredibly small works of art that are sometimes invisible to the naked eye.

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X-Ray Art Reveals The Internal Beauty Of Everyday Objects

While many of us consider pretty paintings or sculptures to be the bookends of what the word “artistic” can mean, many artists defy convention and instead strive for innovation. X-ray art is one of those innovative forms. Blurring radiology and photography, even common items become interesting as the x-ray strips back their layers to reveal their often-ignored (and often elegant) internal structures.

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Arie van’t Riet

X Ray Tulips

Flowers are always a popular portraiture subject, under the x-ray or not. Dutch artist/physicist Arie van’t Riet’s foray into floral x-ray was born from a functional purpose: he needed to teach technicians how to use the machine. Since then, his interest is grounded in an aesthetic desire to showcase the inner beauty of his subjects. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Negative

Van’t Riet partly colorizes his works to enhance their visual impact. Here is the negative of the preceding image. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Frog

Like many other artists, Arie prefers to use everyday items as his subjects – in his case, a combination of flora and fauna. Source: The Guardian

X-ray Art Cat

A cat digging up the garden. Source: X-Rays

X-ray Art Chameleon

A chameleon climbing a begonia. Source: The Guardian

Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Reading

Nick Veasey is another artist who uses x-ray photography as his preferred medium. Veasey initially worked with conventional mediums such as still photography before receiving an opportunity to x-ray a Coke can for a TV show. Source: Nick Veasey

X Ray Wedding Ensemble

In a world seemingly obsessed with appearances, Nick Veasey wants to highlight the aesthetics lurking just beneath the surface. With several popular exhibits and numerous design and photographic awards under his belt, Veasey is arguably the most successful artist in this field. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Gun

Part of his exhibit dubbed “The X-Man”. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Punk

An x-ray of your average Oakland Raiders fan. Source: Nick Veasey

X-ray Art Boeing

Nick has the unverified claim of the largest x-ray in the world - a Boeing 777. Source: Wikipedia

Hugh Turvey

X-ray Art Jacket

According to British artist Hugh Turvey, one advantage of x-ray images is the chance to see the world with fresh perspective. Turvey also started out as a conventional photographer, but a commission to create an x-ray image for a rock album cover inspired his transition to the world of x-ray art. Source: Socialphy

X-ray Art Suitcase

Turvey likes to call his images “xograms”, a mash-up between x-rays and photograms. He colors most of his images because it adds an extra layer of depth and also allows the artist to control where the viewer looks. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

X-ray Art Foot

He compares the results of his process to that of a child seeing something for the first time. In fact, one of the artist’s most popular works is an image of his wife’s foot in a stiletto heel. Said Turvey in an interview, “I think we all understand that your foot is going through quite a lot when it is in a stiletto, but to actually physically see it and to see the angle of the bones. Not only do you have this distorted foot, but you have these small nails that were in the actual construction of the shoe. It just looked like a torture device.” Source: Smithsonian Magazine

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Mickael Jou Convenes Dance And Photography Into One Breathtaking Product

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Dancer and photographer Mickael Jou is without a doubt one of a very few individuals able to pull off a series of choreographed photos this precise, thoughtful and beautiful. The Taiwanese-French-American launched production on his project, “365 Photos”, nearly three years ago, and it will likely take him another three years to finish it. (Quite obviously, he does not take one photo per day.)

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