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Erotic Images Throughout the Ages

Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India, 950 and 1050 AD

For as long as there was history, there was sex. And for as long as there was sex, there were artist’s renderings of sex. Be it celebrated or vilified, the act has been written about, sculpted, painted, and put to moving pictures for us to enjoy and to be aroused and entertained. Here is a sample of erotic images throughout the ages.

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Greek erotic scene on the rim of an Attic red-figure kylix, c. 510 BC

Greek erotic scene on the rim of an Attic red-figure kylix, c. 510 BC

Roman oil lamp (circa 1st Century AD) depicting a threesome

Roman oil lamp (circa 1st Century AD) depicting a threesome

Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India, 950 and 1050 AD

Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India, 950 and 1050 AD

Sunga Empire sculpture (India), 1st century BCE

Sunga Empire sculpture (India), 1st century BCE

19th century Kama Sutra Illustration

19th century Kama Sutra Illustration

Katsushika Hokusai, The Adonis Plant (Fukujusō) Woodblock print, from a set of 12. Japan, 1815

Katsushika Hokusai, The Adonis Plant (Fukujusō) Woodblock print, from a set of 12. Japan, 1815

Missionary Position, an erotic illustration by the French painter Édouard-Henri Avril, 1906

Missionary Position, an erotic illustration by the French painter Édouard-Henri Avril, 1906

Boy looks through the viewer atop a peep show machine which plays the erotic International Mutoscope Reel Company production 'Hot Tango,' early 20th Century

Boy looks through the viewer atop a peep show machine which plays the erotic International Mutoscope Reel Company production ‘Hot Tango,’ early 20th Century

A man looks at the pornography section at a Soho sex shop in London, 1956

A man looks at the pornography section at a Soho sex shop in London, 1956

A porn shop with films and live shows near Times Square, New York, 1975

A porn shop with films and live shows near Times Square, New York, 1975

 

 

Rihanna in music video for S&M, 2010

Rihanna in music video for S&M, 2010

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