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Lecture 7

HISTART 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Marcantonio Raimondi, Print Culture, I Modi


Department
History of Art
Course Code
HISTART 101
Professor
Celeste Brusati
Lecture
7

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Lecture 7: The Visual Representation of Eroticized Bodies
“Love conquers all; let us all yield to love!”
- All love is okay - outstretched arms connote a welcoming view
- Eros - the Greek god of desire (often male-male)
- The cheeky boy over the first overruling influence over politics & economics (the objects he is
standing in front of)
- Art of desire/sensuality
- Left - woman, right - wealthy Roman banker (owners)
HISTORY
Pornography - (pornographia) - writing and imagery about prostitues (1857)
- German term from the Roman word, pornagraphia
- Sight - quickly aid us in certain sense of lies
- “I know it when I see it”
Japanese Shunga - spring/bedroom picture
- Dressing/undressing - no censorship
- The paintings were very expensive to buy
Oldest known sculpture of two people having sex
- Sculpturing tow people having sex requires an enormous amount of creativity
- 9000 BCE - a new culture was born, as people had more free time and not all of their time was
allocated to surviving (hunting/gathering)
- As agriculture became more prominent, the person took the time to carve it, and people
began to look at it/shave it instead of only spending time on finding food
- The sculpture could fit in your hand, so it required a great deal of time to make,
and people passed it down during the generations
CENSORSHIP AND SUPPRESSION
Giulio Romano (design), Marcantonio Raimondi (engraving of 1520-1525) - Scenes from I Modi
- Who sees what when is a very important aspect
- As print culture grew, the media started to target women and children
1933 - Nazi burning of “degenerate” books at the library of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin;
Micha Ullman, “Library” memorial, 1995, a Bebelplatz, Berlin, site of 10 May 1933 burning
- Center for sexuality: the library was burnt as it began to express transgenders because it was
disturbing
“Secret” Museum and Library Collections
- Institutions have a role in deeming what is unseeable - usually related to nudity, homophobia
- Since some people have the power to censor, a divide between privileged vs not exists
The Warren Cup
- The US customs denied entry of the cup for the original purchaser in the 1950s
- What decisions are being made for demarcation?
Exhibition on the Representation of Naked Men (1800-the present)
- The French wanted to reflect that regardless of race, all of the men were French (for the French
soccer team), but the image was censored for the posters and in Germany, but not the exhibit
itself
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