Thursday, December 15, 2011

I SEE PENIS: THE BABY JESUS


If you still haven't figured out what to get grandma this Christmas, then I suggest throwing down a few doubloons on author Leo Steinberg's "The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion".  This classic tome, first published in 1983, resurrects the Renaissance obsessions with the genitals of Christ, in depictions of Jesus both as an infant and after death.  Sometimes his holy member was even shown erect, which shouldn't surprise.  According to the gospels, the "spotless lamb" remained a virgin until an orgy of rusty nails penetrated his flesh at 33.  And this before the invention of elastic waistbands and baggy pants!  Yet another reason to worship the beleaguered Savior of Mankind.  Popping rock hard boner in class when I was 15 was hard enough!

You can find a copy of the Steinberg's book on Amazon.  Thanks to blog reader Dan for passing along the handy gift idea. 

Not quite the Renaissance, but you get the idea. 

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