Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion

ISBN-10: 0226771873
ISBN-13: 9780226771878
Edition: 2nd 1996 (Revised)
Authors: Leo Steinberg
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Book details

List price: $43.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

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.

Art historian Leo Steinberg is Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art, Michelangelo's Last Paintings, The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion, and Encounters with Rauschenberg.

Acknowledgments
The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion (1983)
Excursuses (1983)
Whether the subject exists
Whether the subject ought to be publicized
Regarding the reached-for chin
Of the practice of fondling a man-child's genitalia
The Baldung Grien woodcut: irreligious or orthodox'?
Who needs God's divinity proved?
Dogma as pictorial subject, including the precociousness and the smile of the Child
God's greater deed
The signal at the breast
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