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Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy

James Grantham Turner



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Yale University Press
15 October 2017
Renaissance art; Erotic art
Focusing on the impact of the erotic revolution that swept through 16th-century Italy, Eros Visible presents a compendious, revisionist account of High Renaissance art. Through close visual analysis of artworks and careful reading of related texts, James Grantham Turner demonstrates the surprisingly close connection between explicitly pornographic art and the canonical works of masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Full of new discoveries, this volume explores the passionate response to antiquity and how a new sex-positive philosophy not only encouraged an increased accentuation of sensual and erotic themes in art, but influenced the sexual cultures of both the court and the art studio. With an interdisciplinary approach that draws on a wide array of visual and textual erotica, Turner offers the first broad, synthetic history of the classically inspired and unambiguously lascivious sensibilities behind some of the most sublime artistic achievements of the Renaissance.
By:   James Grantham Turner
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 216mm, 
Weight:   2.087kg
ISBN:   9780300219951
ISBN 10:   0300219954
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   15 October 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Grantham Turner is the James D. Hart Chair in English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Reviews for Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy

This thoughtful and provocative study is a major contribution to the analysis of erotic subjects in sixteenth-century Italy. -Charles Robertson, The Burlington Magazine

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