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The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion

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Publisher Comments:

Originally published in 1983, Leo Steinberg's classic work has changed

the viewing habits of a generation. After centuries of repression and

censorship, the sexual component in thousands of revered icons of Christ

is restored to visibility. Steinberg's evidence resides in the imagery

of the overtly sexed Christ, in Infancy and again after death. Steinberg

argues that the artists regarded the deliberate exposure of Christ's

genitalia as an affirmation of kinship with the human condition.

Christ's lifelong virginity, understood as potency under check, and the

first offer of blood in the circumcision, both required acknowledgment

of the genital organ. More than exercises in realism, these unabashed

images underscore the crucial theological import of the Incarnation.

This revised and greatly expanded edition not only adduces new visual

evidence, but deepens the theological argument and engages the

controversy aroused by the book's first publication.

Synopsis:

The second edition of The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion — doubled in size by the addition of a "Retrospect" — expands the now classic original text in three directions. It brings in a host of confirming images; deepens the theological argument; and answers skeptical or scandalized critics who decried the book at its first publication. In its polemical parts, the book wrestles large issues, such as the validity of interpretations that come without supporting texts, or the modern plea that the maleness of Christ be tempered into androgyny. Along the way, the topics engaged range from Christ's human nature to Dr. Strangelove, from St. Augustine's dismal assessment of babyhood to the aesthetics of the U.S. Post Office. Written with verve and reverence, with theological sophistication and wit, this landmark book comes as a revelation.

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1983, Leo Steinberg's classic work has changed the viewing habits of a generation. After centuries of repression and censorship, the sexual component in thousands of revered icons of Christ is restored to visibility. Steinberg's evidence resides in the imagery of the overtly sexed Christ, in Infancy and again after death. Steinberg argues that the artists regarded the deliberate exposure of Christ's genitalia as an affirmation of kinship with the human condition. Christ's lifelong virginity, understood as potency under check, and the first offer of blood in the circumcision, both required acknowledgment of the genital organ. More than exercises in realism, these unabashed images underscore the crucial theological import of the Incarnation. 

This revised and greatly expanded edition not only adduces new visual evidence, but deepens the theological argument and engages the controversy aroused by the book's first publication.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-397) and index.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsTHE SEXUALITY OF CHRIST IN RENAISSANCE ART AND IN MODERN OBLIVION (1983)EXCURSUSES (1983)I. Whether the subject existsII. Whether the subject ought to be publicizedIII. Regarding the reached-for chinIV. Of the practice of fondling a man-child's genitaliaV. The Baldung Grien woodcut: irreligious or orthodox'?VI. Who needs God's divinity proved?VII. Dogma as pictorial subject, including the precociousness and the smile of the ChildVIII. God's greater deedIX. The signal at the breastX. "Complete in all the parts of a man"XI. The necessary nudity of the suffering ChristXII. Baptism and required dressXIII. The virginity of ChristXIV. Potency under checkXV. Concerning Michelangelo's Risen ChristXVI. Of the nudity of the Christ ChildXVII. The body as hierarchyXVIII. 14th-century nudityXIX. Gossamer at the hipsXX. Exposure as revelationXXI. A digression on the "Stone of Unction"XXII. The eighth dayXXIII. Resisting the physical evidence of circumcisionXXIV. Of sermons and homilophobiaXXV. The blood hyphenXXVI. The calendrical style of the CircumcisionXXVII. The showing in BethlehemXXVIII. The protection motifXXIX. Images of self-touch and of Infant erectionXXX. BowdlerismXXXI. "A peculiar notion"XXXII. On the afterlife of Boccaccio's jestXXXIII. Sesostris' hieroglyphXXXIV. Wings of excessXXXV. Not other than willedXXXVI. The un-dead hand on the groinXXXVII. In imitation of ChristXXXVIII. The Throne of GraceXXXIX. Postscript by John W. O'Malley, S.J.RETRPSPECT (1995)Reintroduction1. The Second Coming of Adam2. New Arrivals3. Explaining Away4. The Pendulum of Christ's Human Nature: A Theological Interlude5. The Ibiquity of the Erection Motif6. Please Delete Sexuality7. A Trial of Texts8. Further Lines of Resistance9. Ad BynumEpilogue: Lines of ConvergenceBibliographyList of IllustrationsIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226771878
Author:
Steinberg, Leo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Art, renaissance
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Sex in art
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. HCFA 10969
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
300 halftones
Pages:
426
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.75 in

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"Synopsis" by , The second edition of The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion — doubled in size by the addition of a "Retrospect" — expands the now classic original text in three directions. It brings in a host of confirming images; deepens the theological argument; and answers skeptical or scandalized critics who decried the book at its first publication. In its polemical parts, the book wrestles large issues, such as the validity of interpretations that come without supporting texts, or the modern plea that the maleness of Christ be tempered into androgyny. Along the way, the topics engaged range from Christ's human nature to Dr. Strangelove, from St. Augustine's dismal assessment of babyhood to the aesthetics of the U.S. Post Office. Written with verve and reverence, with theological sophistication and wit, this landmark book comes as a revelation.
"Synopsis" by ,
Originally published in 1983, Leo Steinberg's classic work has changed the viewing habits of a generation. After centuries of repression and censorship, the sexual component in thousands of revered icons of Christ is restored to visibility. Steinberg's evidence resides in the imagery of the overtly sexed Christ, in Infancy and again after death. Steinberg argues that the artists regarded the deliberate exposure of Christ's genitalia as an affirmation of kinship with the human condition. Christ's lifelong virginity, understood as potency under check, and the first offer of blood in the circumcision, both required acknowledgment of the genital organ. More than exercises in realism, these unabashed images underscore the crucial theological import of the Incarnation. 

This revised and greatly expanded edition not only adduces new visual evidence, but deepens the theological argument and engages the controversy aroused by the book's first publication.

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