However, the repressive view of sexuality espoused by the Church in the Middle Ages, and then the repressed sexuality of the Victorian era have left many in the Western world believing that few if any in the past were willing and able to accept and even revel in their sexuality. OK, so you may associate "The Garden of Earthly Delights" with its array of terrifying, otherworldly creatures, but the painting has its fair share of sensual details. As sexual norms have changed through the course of the 20th century, we have begun to see the true nature of the past, and see that many past civilizations celebrated sexuality and genitalia in a way that would seem extreme today. Titian's "Venus of Urbino". Visions of Venus and sensual octopuses are probably filling your memory now -- yes, your art history classes were more exciting than you first thought. We're here to let you in on a pretty widely known secret about art history:
Most of us look to the past and think of an era where sexuality was a taboo subject, until the groundbreaking social changes of the 60s and 70s.
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Etruscan amphora depicting sex between two men. This circa painting will go down in history as " the first totally profane life-size female nude in Western art " -- thought to be at least one of the first explicit depictions of female pubic hair. Klimt, the Austrian symbolist painter with a penchant for gilded canvases, brought you uber-famous works like " The Kiss " and his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. When the lost city of Pompeii was first rediscovered in the 19th century, King Francis of Sicily had all the many sex artifacts found placed in a "secret cabinet" to be locked away. In celebration of the wildly erotic tendencies of artists over the centuries, we've put together a list of the most jaw-dropping-ly sensual artworks you might have forgotten about since your sophomore year stint in a Renaissance art survey course. Mark Twain once called Titian's Venus " the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses. Artists like Cesare da Sesto and Cezanne also chose the crude story as inspiration for paintings.