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Images of Lust: Sexual Carvings on Medieval Churches

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Publisher Comments:

From the famous sheela-na-gigs, through all forms of exhibitionists-mermaids, centaurs, misers and priapic figures--extraordinary sculptures considered "obscene" by today's standards may be found on churches in Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. This book examines their origins and purposes and sees them not as sacrilegious figures, or symbols, nor even as idols of ancient pre-Christian religions, but as serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medieval folk, and thus gave support to the church's moral teachings.

Synopsis:

From the famous sheela-na-gigs, through all the forms of exhibitionists - mermaids, centaurs, misers and priapic figures - extraordinary sculptures considered "obscene" by today's standards may be found on churches in Britain, Ireland, France and Spain.

Synopsis:

Sexually explicit sculptures may be found on a number of medieval churches in France and Spain. This fascinating study examines the origins and purposes of these sculptures, viewing them not as magical fertility symbols, nor even as idols of ancient pre-Christian religions, but as serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medieval folk, and thus gave support to the Church's moral teachings.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-159) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415151566
Editor:
Weir, Anthony
Editor:
Jerman, James
Editor:
Weir, Anthony
Editor:
Jerman, James
Author:
Jerman James
Publisher:
Routledge
Location:
London :
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Nudes & Erotic
Subject:
Christian art and symbolism
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Sculpture, Romanesque
Subject:
Church decoration and ornament
Subject:
Carving (decorative arts)
Subject:
Sculpture, medieval
Subject:
Stone carving
Subject:
Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Erotic sculpture, European
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Erotic sculpture, European -- Themes, motives.
Subject:
Sculpture, Medieval -- Themes, motives.
Subject:
Art-Erotic Art
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Pbk
Series Volume:
002
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9.78x7.40x.46 in. .94 lbs.

Related Subjects

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Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

Images of Lust: Sexual Carvings on Medieval Churches
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Product details 168 pages Routledge - English 9780415151566 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From the famous sheela-na-gigs, through all the forms of exhibitionists - mermaids, centaurs, misers and priapic figures - extraordinary sculptures considered "obscene" by today's standards may be found on churches in Britain, Ireland, France and Spain.
"Synopsis" by , Sexually explicit sculptures may be found on a number of medieval churches in France and Spain. This fascinating study examines the origins and purposes of these sculptures, viewing them not as magical fertility symbols, nor even as idols of ancient pre-Christian religions, but as serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medieval folk, and thus gave support to the Church's moral teachings.
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