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The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion 2nd Edition
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This book examines the Renaissance period (14th to 16th century) when artists presented Jesus either completely naked or covered by a simple loincloth that accentuated a rigidly erect member. Three hundred beautiful plates show this state of undress of both the baby Jesus and of the dying or resurrected Christ. What caused the artists to break the normal decency codes, asks the author, and he advances various theories to answer his own question. The first half of the book was written in 1983 and is divided into two parts: the main analysis and 39 excursuses (appendices to you and me) that amplify various points made. The second half was written thirteen years later and presents the author's newer thoughts plus a detailed refutation of the arguments put forth by his critics.
The paintings examined in the book relate to three periods of Jesus' life: his infancy, his baptism, and his crucifixion.Read more ›
Beyond the screamingly funny prose lies a serious argument, about the Renaissance, and the way to do art history. Finally, Steinberg teaches the reader's eye how to look at a painting.
Be sure to get the second edition which includes responses to the critiques of the first edition.
This book is really amazing.
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By no means a leisurely read.... I bought this for a class and it was a decent textbook. Nothing spectacular, but it was informative.Published 16 months ago by Clarissa