|Candace Nirvana - 081813 - SideB|
I took an art appreciation class back a few decades ago when I was in my early twenties, but was too young to learn and absorb the meaning of the great works. A few years ago I took it again from a great professor. In it, we explored western art from the Gothic period to contemporary art. I was astounded to see how much hot erotic art was made back 500 years ago.
Among many of the pieces that we studied with subtle or obvious erotic content, one master sculptor's work stood above the others, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (I highly recommend reading the linked Wikipedia entry about him and seeing more of his art). Many of statues have a deep sensuality and erotic richness that still astounds many today.
|The Ecstasy of St. Teresa - Bernini - SideB|
Much like the The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni is hidden away in small Catholic chapel on a side street of Rome. Ludovica is different from Teresa in that she is no where near as famous as her sister statue, but has her own deep erotic message.
Maybe it was the darkness of the cloudy, cold, rainy January day, but I felt the quiet desire and lust of Ludovica so powerful. I know the story of the sculpture is of her ecstasy at her death, but the erotic quietness spoke to me. Both Teresa and Ludovica make me wonder about orgasm and whether it brings us closer to a spiritual world. They both also hint at our previously covered topic on orgasm and the Le petite mort, or the little death.
|The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni- Bernini - SideB|
|Another Ecstacy- Artist unknown - SideB|