Tuesday, September 28, 2010

HISTORY OF PORN: IMAGE ON THE EDGE





In case anyone needs reminders of the human obsession with sex and the body, one need look no further than the religious texts of human history. In the margins of so many hand-scribed pages of holy words are illicit images of everything from homo-sucking and -fucking to bestiality...and that's why I love Michael Camille's Image on the Edge. You don't have to go the the sex museums of NYC or Amsterdam to see the good stuff. Just find a local museum with a great manuscript collection and some open-minded rare books curators and you're good to go.

The images below are from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, which has one of the finest rare manuscripts collections in the country. The first image (a little hard to see) is an upside down man masturbating from an English monastic psalter-hours (c 1300). Ouch! Somebody likes it in the eye! A priest and a woman take confession a little too far in the next set of images from the "Romance of the Rose" (France mid-14th century).



There is also at least one full-frontal nude man and another profiled from the side wielding a BIG axe in the Bayeux Tapestry. Can you spot them? If you've never seen the whole thing before, click on the hyperlink above and keep scrolling right. Its really incredible!


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