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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822859095
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822859094
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gilles Neret is an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He has organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He has directed art reviews such as L'Oeil and Connaisance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. He is the editor of TASCHEN'S catalogues raisonnes of the works of Monet and Velazquez, as well as the author of Dali Painted Works. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By DeManda on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone who is familiar with and looking for the larger approx. 6" x 5" x 2" tome (like I was) and is not aware that a smaller abridged version exists, is going to be sorely disappointed! Even though the Amazon description says "756 pages, 719 illustrations" IT DOES NOT CONTAIN NEARLY THAT!! That is the description of the derivative material that appears in the back of this TINY (32 pages, 4" x 3 1/4" x 1/4") booklet! It would seem that since there is no traditional frontspiece with publisher's info for this booklet, and careless listings allow this derivative bibliography to stand for what this book has- and that is INACCURATE. It is charming as a small "amusement", but use caution before ordering to make sure you are getting what you are seeking.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
EROTICA UNIVERSALIS I and EROTICA UNIVERSALIS II by art historian Gilles Neret offers a visual survey of centuries of erotic illustration. Each volume is a museum of sexual explicit images as conceived by some of the best known and otherwise unknown illustrators of  viewable penetration. The first volume of EROTICA UNIVERSALIS I gathered together a wonderfully in-depth selection of the erotica that has thrived in a parallel art world. It starts with ancient Greek and Roman, but is mostly devoted to painting and drawing of the last few centuries. There are about 750 images. Each illustration is given a full page and many are accompanied by a brief but revealing summary of the original text. Now the companion volume, EROTICA UNIVERSALIS II, documents the rich history of erotic art created as book illustration. Tucked away in every important national library and countless private libraries are the restricted or banned books to which the public has limited access. Gilles Neret has assembled a remarkable collection of artwork created by artists like Rembrandt, Boucher, Fragonard, Dali, Picasso and Matisse to accompany the writings of such literary giants as Ovid, Voltaire, Verlaine, and de Maupassant. Equally compelling are the astonishing contributions of lesser-known but prodigiously talented artists expressing the arousing variety of human sexual expression.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Fernando on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I thougt the book was the big one, the pictures show an index and it indexes more than 700 pages. But the one I received was shorter than my hand, and only contains a few pics from the big book.

There should be some warning that this is not the hardcover book. That's why I'm disappointed.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pan Koza on February 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was tricked by Indoobestsellers. Indoobestsellers sent me worthless advertising booklett 10-15 pages, the size of the postcard instead of the real book that has about 760 pages of illustrations. Please make sure what you are going to get before you order this title, avoid being taken for a few dollars and waisted time. Booklett I received is just advertisement of the real book and should be send free of charge. I was taken but having sense of humor I have to admitt that billing and delivery was very fast.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a high quality overview of erotica in most media except photographic. It starts with ancient Greek and Roman, but is mostly devoted to painting and drawing of the last few centuries. There are about 750 images. A wide variety of sexual behavior is included in the works that are reproduced. Many of the works will be familiar to those who have read other compilations of erotic art. It is reasonably priced and a good value for the dollar spent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Mason on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this book at Barnes and Noble a few years back. I was amazed at how far back much of the artwork was dated. Many of the great masters of the arts have produced works that only so few in the world have seen. It's a shame that people censor stuff like this. If you find a copy somewhere anywhere buy it!!! You can learn much about mans sexuality by looking at the art found in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cortezhill VINE VOICE on April 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
One one Taschen's 25th Anniversary Special Editions, this volume contains over 500 depictions on erotica throughout history. From antiquity to the modern era, starting with cave paintings and art from ancient Greece, up to erotica in comic stips and underground comics, all artistic periods are represented.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By liblaauw@earthlink.net on July 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
This nearly 800 page book displays erotic art from primitive times to nearly present day. It is interesting to see how the fashions and descriptions of desirability have changed down through the ages, while the concepts of sexuality have remained the same.
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