James Grantham Turner is the James D. Hart Chair in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
The project of Turner's Eros Visible makes it one of the most important publications on Italian Renaissance art in recent years...The author develops two great guiding theories, on a wealth of subject areas and pictorial examples, for which he presents some fundamentally new interpretations, taking into account drawings, engravings, paintings, frescoes and sculptures. -Ulrich Pfisterer, Kunstform This thoughtful and provocative study is a major contribution to the analysis of erotic subjects in sixteenth-century Italy...Turner is prodigious in the analysis of imagery, with a remarkable grasp of the material. He is an astute observer, who backs up his arguments with myriad observations and comparisons...Turner is masterful in the precise territory he has chosen to occupy. -Charles Robertson, The Burlington Magazine One of this book's many strengths is its insistence on offering a comprehensive mapping of the period, on finding connections among artists and writers and across media, and, most importantly, on breaking down the hierarchy between high art, or canonical works, and pornography - Allison Levy, Art History Journal Eros Visible is one of the most impressive books on Italian Renaissance culture to appear in many years. It is a massively researched, deeply erudite, highly original, and very entertaining meditation on art, sexuality, and antiquity in Renaissance Italy ...It is not merely to be read but to be savored for its wit and numerous acute visual insights...Eros Visible will come to be, I am confident, a sturdy foundation for all future studies of Renaissance erotica seen in a broad context. -Paul Barolsky, Renaissance Quarterly Turner's book is a worthy addition to the growing corpus of interdisciplinary studies on Renaissance erotic art. His prose is fluid and often witty, and the whole volume is sumptuously illustrated...His study will undoubtedly serve as an important reference for those interested in further investigating any aspect of Italian Renaissance erotica. -Herica Valladares, Print Quarterly