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In and Out of the Marital Bed : Seeing Sex in Renaissance Europe (Hardcover)

Author: Wolfthal, Diane

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This book explores images whose sexual content has all too often been either ignored or denied. Each chapter is devoted to a place that artists associated with sexual activity or desire: the bed, the dressing area of the home, the window and doorway, the bath, and the street. Diane Wolfthal looks at both canonical works, such as Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait and Petrus Christus' Goldsmith's Shop and long-neglected objects, such as combs, badges, and bathhouse murals, and by investigating a wide range of sexualities - same-sex desire, adultery, marriage, courtship, and prostitution - she demonstrates how illicit forms of sexuality were linked to the "chaste sexuality" of marriage. She shows also how both church and state attempted to regulate sexual conduct and examines not only those sources that reinforced this way of thinking, but also those that resisted or subverted it. Revealing the cracks in the ideological edifice, she demonstrates that the insistence that sexual intercourse should be confined to marriage, performed in a particular manner and reserved for the purpose of procreation was subverted and undermined both in the visual culture of the period and in reality.

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Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300141542
SKU 212507537
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0300141548
Release Date 7/20/2010
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0252
Publisher Yale University Press
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