Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Watery frolics in the style of Peter Fendi

Here is a trio of paintings which were thought, for may years, to be by Austrian artist Peter Fendi (1796-1842).  Today it is not certain if they were his work or done in his style.  Fendi was a pioneer in colour printing and also designed a number of banknotes for the Austrian government in 1841.

Whoever did them, they have a spritely joy about them as groups of ladies and a couple of very excited gentlemen disport themselves in the water in a very tidy landscape.  In fact it rather reminds Triple P of  Home Park, near his birthplace of Hampton Court.

We haven't managed al fresco sex in Home Park as it is usually far too crowded with people and rather aggressive (sometimes) deer.  We did have a fumble in a more wooded part with our then girlfriend S, once, but decided that we had better wait until we got back to her apartment near Richmond Park instead (especially as it was October and quite cold, even though it was sunny). 

Anyway, these ladies are obviously not worried about the cold (no doubt ladies of the 1830s were better able to deal with the cold than we are today).  These were probably painted about 1835 (there are around 40 pictures altogether) but weren't published as lithographs until 1910.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Angélique et Médor after Agostino Carracci

Back through the centuries for this piece of al fresco reverse cowgirl (as it would not have been called at the time!) action.  In a sylvan landscape a lady guides her lover's erection into her vagina while her companion gazes at it raptly.  We confess that this is still a sight that fills us with delight even after  nearly forty years!  No scrabbling around on the grass for this couple as they have a luxurious looking cushion and a large piece of fabric on which to desport themselves.

Marcantonio Raimondi

This picture has a rather convoluted history.  It is one of  a series of erotic engravings of sexual positions produced in book form under the title I Modi by Marcantonio Raimondi (1480-1534) in 1524.  An engraver, he based his pictures on a series of paintings produced by Giulio Romano (1499-1546) for the Duke of Mantua, Federico II Gonzago's new palazzo in Mantua.  Romano was unaware that Raimondi had used his paintings as the basis for his engravings until Raimondi was imprisoned by Pope Clement VII for producing them.  The  Pope ordered all copies of the books to be destroyed.  Romano escaped imprisonment as his paintings were a private commission and were not, unlike Raimondi's book, for public consumption.   

Pietro Aretino by Titian

The poet and author Pietro Aretino (1492-1556), after going to see Romano's originals, then composed sixteen erotic sonnets to accompany the pictures and he also helped  get Raimondo released from prison.  A second edition of I modi was then published in 1527 which included Raimondi's illustrations and Aretino's sonnets, in the first known example of erotic pictures and text being included in one publication.

Apart from a few fragments in the British Museum the 1527 edition is lost, although Aretino's sonnets survived.  Later Agostino Carracci (1557-1602) reconstructed the illustrations (he must have had access to at least a partial copy at that time, as his illustrations are very close to the British Museum fragments).  In 1798 another edition of I Modi was published in Paris with Carracci's engravings reworked by the French artist Jacques Joseph Coiny (1761-1809).   These are the illustrations we have today.

Angélique et Médor byToussaint Dubreuil (1561-1602)

The story of Angélique et Médor (all the illustrations in I Modi were of famous lovers of myth and history) comes from Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto (1477-1533).  Based on the much older Song of Roland (Roland and Orlando are the same person) it tells the story of Orlando's love for the pagan princess, Angélique who he married.  However, she began a passionate affair with the Saracen called Médor.   He carved her name into the bark of a tree but Orlando discovered it (you can just see his figure at the right of the engraving at the top of the post).  It was her betrayal that made him furioso.  Perhaps Roland, who as a Paladin of Charlemagne is a sort of French equivalent of Lancelot of King Arthur's round table, was boring in bed and didn't indulge in athletic al fresco girl on top bonking. Orlando carved the inscription off the tree and imprisoned his wife in a tower.   However, she told Orlando that he couldn't carve away her love for Médor and eventually Angélique killed herself, in a typical end for the sexually aggressive woman in European literature.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mikki Makes a Movie by Ralph Nelson

Given all the pleasing support for our blogs over the recent Google censorship issue, we thought it might be a good idea to look at the comments on some of our posts where a particular girl or pictorial has been requested to see if we can fulfill some of these.  One recently mentioned a girl called Mikki Dessa who, we admit we didn't remember.


However, a little research on our list of Penthouse pictorials showed that it wasn't a solo girl pictorial at all but was actually a couples one appearing in the July 1973 issue.  So why hadn't we included it in our chronological "love sets" coverage?  Quite simply because it was an example of something that both Penthouse and Playboy did back in the sixties and seventies in that it was a pictorial tied to a particular film.  Typically, a specially shot piece from the set featuring a lead or, more usually, a minor actress from a forthcoming film.  Occasionally, the piece might feature a couple as is the case here.   This one was shot outside so, happily, fits in our al fresco sex theme.

Mikki Dessa, Penthouse told us, was twenty-one years old and born in Indonesia.  After a lot of mystical nonsense about people turning themselves into ponies when she was growing up in New Guinea, the piece says that she plays "a small part in White Lightening, and for a few screen moments she turns an erotic vignette opposite co-star Bo Hopkins into a memorable piece of honest filmmaking."  Penthouse speak for "she only appears in a gratuitous sex scene".  So, here is Mikki, no doubt contemplating her script and hoping that her Penthouse pictorial will make her the next big thing.

White Lightning (1973) was one of those Burt Reynolds and cars in the South films, from the time when he was still a proper actor and before he became a parody of himself.  It was supposed to be the big screen debut of Steven Spielberg, who did several months pre-production on it before going on to make Sugarland Express (1973) instead.  White Lightning also saw the uncredited debut of a six year old Laura Dern.

So, off Mikki goes, flaunting her 5' 3", 35-23-35 figure in the Southern swamps and waiting for the casting directors to call.

Unfortunately for Mikki, it never happened.  She isn't mentioned in the cast of White Lightning and it seems her scene with Bo Hopkins was cut, possibly to get the film the PG certificate it ended up with.  A love scene of the sort indicated by this pictorial would have prevented that.

So, here is our second actor in our al fresco drama.  South Carolina born Bo Hopkins had already made a name for himself in the Sam Peckinpah western, The Wild Bunch (1969) and had been appearing on screen since 1966.  He has worked steadily ever since in feature films and TV, including a recurring role in Dynasty in the eighties.

We have two basic locations for the couple's scenes together: Amongst the trees in the swamp and on a wooden landing stage.  As the scene didn't appear in the finished film it is difficult to know which one was shot for the film.

Here they are on the landing stage with Mikki popping perkily out of her blouse and Bo looking mean and moody.  You'd think he would look happier when presented with such a pleasing pair but perhaps he is acting.

Anyway, Bo begins by exploring Mikki's bust in only Penthouse's fourth couples pictorial to date.

As was often the way in films in this period while the girl has to get naked the man keeps his jeans on.   We get a nice kiss, as well as Bo's hand wandering up between Mikki's legs.

In fact, this picture, where he has his forearm on her pussy, was the most explicit shot in a Penthouse couples pictorial so far.  So, in retrospect, we were wrong to eliminate this as a couples pictorial and will add it to our index onthe right.    It's a shame we never saw any more of Mikki but she is certainly beautifully captured in this erotic vignette by photographer Ralph Nelson; one of just five Penthouse pictorials he shot at the time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The supportive tree

Agent Triple P has a meeting with a lady from Iran today.  It is our second meeting and what a gorgeous creature she is!  Many years ago we had a girlfriend who was an air hostess (as they were then called) for a Middle Eastern airline and she had several friends from Iran Air.  Goodness me, those Iranian ladies were lovely!

Anyway, we haven't featured any Persian art before but our al fresco sex season enables us to post this anonymous but charming painting, done sometime in the nineteenth century, of a gentleman taking his lady from behind.  Now Triple P, of course, favours the rear entry position, more often than not (to the extent that a former girlfriend moaned that most people considered her bust her best feature but Triple P never bothered to look at it) but the standing up position does require some adjustment as regards angle of attack, especially if the lady is petite (Triple P is 6' 1").  In this position, having something for the lady to brace against is useful as it enables her to present her rear end in a more accessible way.  This lady has found a perfect young tree for the purpose (although we question, from a horticultural point of view, a tree with such a thick trunk but small upper branches).

Our first lady against a tree came (so to speak) about twenty years ago with our particular friend S from Vancouver.  We were attending an insurance conference at the splendid Banff Springs Hotel in  Alberta and after the conference dinner decided to walk back via a small detour into the woods (S wanted to see the Bow Falls in the moonlight, or some such).  S needed to relieve herself and claimed she couldn't wait the few minutes it would take to get back to our room (actually she just enjoys doing it outside, if the truth be told) so we stepped a few yards into the trees.  Both of us then feeling more relaxed she suggested that I then "take her against the tree" (I suspect she used a rather more vulgar word).  So, with her suitably braced on the trunk (arms out in front of her, evening dress up around her hips), we did. Treemendous!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sea Song by FW Eck

Well, Triple P is back from Istanbul and so can continue with al fresco sex month, here on The Seduction of Venus.  There was no outdoor sex for Triple P last week (plenty of the indoor variety) partly because Istanbul is so overcrowded (the sixth most populous city in the world) that finding a quiet outdoor spot is virtually impossible.

Anyway, time for another Penthouse couples pictorial and this one is conveniently al fresco.  Actually, we are cheating a bit because it isn't the next pictorial in our chronological survey but as it is the next but one we thought we could stretch our rules a bit and we will put the other one up soon.   This one appeared in the December 1977 issue.

This pictorial was shot by photographer FW Eck, about whom we can discover nothing whatsoever.  This is the first of just four pictorials he (we assume it is a he) did for Penthouse and the only couples one.  He did one Pet of the Month shoot; Angela Hyer (British actress Victoria Tennant) which appeared in May 1978.

All of his pictorials were effectively sensuous and it's a shame that he didn't do more of them.   The lady in this one is Teri Christiansen who would appear in a solo pictorial shot by Eck in the April 1978 issue of Penthouse.  We will post this on Venus Observations shortly. 

These ones of Teri in her white bikini are unusual in that they are in natural colours.  For the rest of the pictorial Eck used, for some reason, an orange filter which gives the pictures a strange other-worldly look.

Here the man starts to remove Teri's bikini.  The bottom shot of the three is particularly effective as she arches her back to receive his kiss, his arms supporting her as her bikini bottoms fall from her body.

Here she gets to strip him, in turn and provides a suggestive, implied fellatio shot.  The accompanying text is very much from the purple prose end of the Penthouse spectrum; in this case suggesting a classical back story (despite the man's very nineteen seventies swimming trunks!)


"Naked she appeared to the stranger. She of the enchanted isle.  Half woman, half goddess, her body was legend, the great sea her only master."  It goes on to describe him.  "Naked she found him, too, the prisoner of some interminable journey.  Ulysses, a wanderer, tossed by merciless seas.  But on this flesh-warm and alien shore, Poseidon was gentle."

So, it is back to the days of Greek myth and Homer's Odyssey.  He the wandering Ulysses and she a water nymph.  Anyway, we are obviously supposed to imagine them frolicking in the waters of the Mediterranean.

In fact, the only time Triple P has had any intimate adventures in the sea was in a small inlet in the Ionian Sea in Greece, where the usually rather prim lady we were with was suddenly overcome by some mythical sea-nymph erotic urge and dispensed with her swimsuit before removing Triple P's and indulging in some sub surface activity.  You couldn't do it in Britain, of course, as the water is too cold usually and we haven't been to a whole lot of beaches around the world as we tend to find them rather dull.  Having Teri to hand would enliven them no end, however.

In fact, rather surprisingly, the shoot was done on the Rosario Islands, which are a small archipelago just off the coast of Colombia, about 30 miles south of the Caribbean city of Cartagena, which Triple P visited 18 months ago.  Ten years after this pictorial they were designated as a national park.

We do like to see kissing in couples pictorials and, as we have mentioned before, it isn't as common as you might think.   Eck gets his couple looking convincingly affectionate, however.

"With his tongue, Ulysses traces the contours of her form, lodging at last within the salted recesses of her body," continues the text, breathlessly.  We're not sure what the Canadians would have made of this shot, given they turned back the issue containing The Lady and the Stableboy in May that yeardue to its similarly assertive groin munching shot.

The man looks understandably delighted to be lodged between Teri's lovely long thighs in the shallows.

Finally, Teri presents, her rear end in one of only two pussy (and anus) revealing shots of the pictorial.   This is an excellent pictorial, despite the strange orange filter and the couple generate some real passion in it even though it is not really that explicit.   It would be seven months before Penthouse had another couples pictorial but next we have to go back in time and present the rather strange boy/girl/girl one we have jumped.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Genesis: The Fall from Innocence from Hustler July 1978

Our al fresco sex theme continues with a series of paintings depicting the Fall of Adam and Eve as told in the book of Genesis.  Adam and Eve were the first couple to have outdoor sex of course (well, if you are a creationist, anyway) unless of course they managed to build a shelter before first having a bonk.  It depends how good Adam was at DIY.  Of course, Eve may have been the shelter building one.  

These paintings appeared in the July 1978 issue of Hustler, surprisingly, as it was usually Penthouse which sometimes featured erotic art.  The paintings were accompanied by a piece by renowned America sexologists Drs Eberhard and Phyliss Kronhausen.  They first bought erotic art out of the realm of the private collection to the public with their exhibition The First International Exhibition of Erotic Art in Lund in Sweden in 1968, which was then transferred to Copenhagen the following year.  

Here we have Eve noticing something different about Adam under the apple tree.  "What poor, sick, twisted guilt-ridden, neurotic mind first conjured up a sexless Garden of Eden?" asked the Kronhausens in their opening sentence.  Basically, their argument goes that the Bible has been misunderstood and that the fall of man was not about the discovery of sin, manifested as sex but was about the loss of innocent enjoyment of sex "and with it the appearance of false shame where none is called for, and needless guilt where no evil has been committed."

"We are delighted with these skilfully rendered paintings, which restore innocence and fun to Paradise," they continued.  In this picture we have Adam also realising that Eve is not built like he is.

Here we have a delighted Eve appreciating Adam's erection while he rubs her pussy with his heel.  It's quite rare to have such frank erotic art as this in fully finished paintings. Most erotic art of the past consists of drawings or engravings.  Even more unusual are the number of paintings in this series which must have taken some time to complete.  These weren't something dashed off for a speculative collector or even as an exercise for the artist.   

Unfortunately, the piece gives no clue as to the paintings' origin.  The Kronhausen's date the paintings to somewhere between 1850 and 1900.  As we shall see Triple P believes them to be at the later than that.

Although the painting is competent it is certainly not of the highest quality.  The faces of the protagonists vary from picture to picture, for a start, and there might even be different hands involved in the paintings.  The style and tighter rendering in the one at the top of this post contrasts with the looser style of some of the others.  It could be, of course, that they were painted over a long period and the artist's style changed over the years.  The anatomy of the man in the picture third from top, where Eve is pointing at his penis, is much better than in some of the other paintings.   Adam's hair is shorter, too.

Here we have the moment just before Adam penetrates Eve as they are watched by a (rather small) tiger.  The Garden of Eden is full of all manner of animals with little regard to geography.  The same can be said of the place's botany with palm trees and evergreens all mixed up together.

Here Adam nibbles on Eve's nipple while he appears about to take her again.  Interestingly, none of the paintings in this first part of the series depicts actual penetration, despite Adam's rampant state.

In this painting Adam appears to be ejaculating.  Perhaps he has become overcome by Eve's charms (and her bottom in particular) before he even got started or perhaps he has withdrawn to spurt on the grassy banks.  "When Adam delved and Eve span who was then the gentleman?" asked John Ball in 1381.  Well, obviously Adam was a gentleman for having delved into Eve he thoughtfully came outside her.

As the sun sets over the Garden of Eden, Eve sprawls with her legs apart while a satisfied looking Adam contemplates his erection.  He looks ready to go again.  No rest for Eve tonight!

This picture is reminiscent of several paintings of the Fall as Adam and Eve realise that they have broken the rules and are about to be expelled from the Garden of Eden.  Other paintings, however, do not feature kangaroos (or are they wallabies?) or Adam sporting a throbbing erection.

The remaining pictures in the series are rather more fantastical although obviously by the same artist or artists.  In this one a sumptuous looking Eve gets on all fours for an excited looking goat.  In the background on the left Adam is copulating with a young doe.  Is this saying something about the human's roles and characters?

Although Adam's balls are clearly depicted his penis isn't visible and Eve's pussy is not being penetrated again.  Not so her anus, however as a friendly chimpanzee penetrates both her's and Adam's arseholes with his fingers.

In this one Adam just stands in the background while Eve' has her pussy licked by a deer.  Perhaps these picture are meant to depict Adam and Eve after the fall when their innocent enjoyment of sex has turned into something more perverted.

There is no sign of Adam in this painting.  We just have Eve tickling her clitoris with the tip of a bull's ear.  The pose in this painting is copied from an engraving by Fritz von Bayros Called Jupiter and Europa which is dated 1908, meaning that these paintings must be later than the Kronhausens maintained.  In Greek myth, Europa was abducted by Zeus in the form of a white bull.  The picture of Eve being licked by the dear is also very similar to an engraving by Bayros

Jupiter and Europa Fritz von Bayros (1908)

No Adam again, either, in this painting but that is obviously because Eve is having too much fun with her animal friends.  Here she bravely indulges in soixante-neuf with a leopard.

Here Eve has a piss while being watched by a giant snail and a crocodile.  The lack of Adam in these makes us think that, despite what the Kronhausens thought, these paintings may have nothing to do with Adam and Eve at all.

Like Andromeda on the rock here Eve is attacked by a mythical sea creature.  Well, perhaps assaulted is the wrong word as she appears quite happy to be penetrated by the sea-dragon's curiously feathered-looking penis.  Again this is in a much more polished style than some of the other paintings.

More reptilian adventures take place in this one as Eve is penetrated by the front horn of a triceratops.  Dinosaur pictures became very popular from the end of the nineteenth century with the reconstructions by Charles R Knight.

This one is populated by satyr like creatures and other strange amalgams of human and animal.  Several girls are being patently penetrated by the satyrs in this one.

The final picture recalls the work of Hieronymus Bosch.  We have a mermaid and merman copulating in the foreground but the figures in the centre right are the strangest.  A devil like man sucks his own cock and next to him a pregnant woman, with a vulva where her head should be, has penis tipped tentacles erupting from her and molesting another woman lying on a rock.

So these are a strange set of paintings of varying quality and style but they certainly feature plenty of al fresco sex.  The Kronhausens say they are painted by one anonymous artist but it seems strange that it is hard to find out any more about such a large series of paintings. Perhaps the whole set were a modern attempt in the seventies to paint nineteenth century style paintings. Maybe one of our readers knows more!