Sexual aspects always played a mayor role in art, it's surely not something that's limited to our present time, we humans always felt the need to visualize our desires and celebrate the beauty of love. Even the first artworks made by humans have a distinct *** nature, like the ‘Venus of Willendorf’ a small fertility statute. But the concept of erotic art for entertainment or artistic purposes only is something of our modern times, before 1900 erotic themes and nudity were used, more or less, functional. These artworks had a religious or even magical purpose.
Even if we take some hidden erotic art, like small naughty paintings or erotic drawings, into consideration, it is safe to say that erotic art for entertainment purposes was invented along with photography. And looking at the erotic art of today, photography is still the favorite medium to express human sexuality. The directness of the medium, the reality displayed and the easy way to distribute the images are some of the main reasons I guess.
But there are erotic artists using different media, like ceramics, bronze and paintings, and it seems to me that these ‘other’ media are becoming increasingly popular. Maybe we are getting tired of the reality displayed in photographic erotic art, are we looking for more authentical , or even magical, images again. Like the ceramic sculptures of Martino Catalano, or the paintings of Raphael Perez to name just a few of these ‘other’ erotic artists.
Hans Frontosa Writes about erotic art on the Art of Love website. This article can be used freely online if the origin is mentioned and an active link to the “Art of Love Erotic art” is provided. Erotic art on the Art of Love website