Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Merry Christmas to all our readers!

Hope you get to unwrap something nice!  I've got time off between Christmas and the New Year for the first time in years so hope to do some more posts!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ancient Orgy 8: De Figuris Veneris by Édouard-Henri Avril (1849-1928)

This small orgy comes from a 1906 edition of De Figuris Veneris, an anthology of Greek and Roman erotic material.  It was arranged under subject by Friedrich Karl Forberg and published, in Greek and Latin, in 1824 as a commentary on the Hermaphroditus of Beccadelli, written in 1425 but modelled on ancient erotic works.  It was translated into French by the former priest Alcide Bonneau in 1882.

Frontispiece of the 1906 edition

The work itself groups extracts under broad headings such as Of Copulation, Of Pederastia, Of Masturbation, Of Cunnilingus, Of Tribads and even Of Intercourse with Animals.  It concludes with a description of 95 sex positions.  Paul (his pseudonym for his erotic work) Avril produced a series of 19 coloured lithographs for the 1906 edition.  Most illustrate one heading or position but this one covers a number of entertaining activities.  We particularly like the exhausted looking girl and the discarded tie on dildo.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ancient Orgy 7: Orgy by Robert Auer (1873-1952)

This entertaining orgy picture is by the painter Rober Auer who came from Zagreb, in what is now Croatia.  He studied in Vienna and Munich and exhibited at the famous Munich Secessionist Exhibition in 1906.  Known mainly for portraits and sensuous nudes, a collection of previously unknown erotic paintings recently came to light, which we shall look at shortly.

His Roman ladies here sport early twentieth century hairstyles and are smilingly depicted in very graphic action.: copulating, fellating, receiving cunnilingus and indulging in lesbian fingering and breast licking.  It is quite the jolliest looking orgy we have seen and looks the most fun to be a part of!  A slightly more balanced ten men and thirteen women in this one.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ancient Orgy 6: Scene from The Slave by Erich von Götha

Another comic book Roman orgy scene here, this time by Erich von Götha  (a pseudonym for British illustrator Robin Ray (b.1924)).  Ray was already in his sixties when his first erotic epic The Troubles of Janice was first printed in Germany and France in 1987.  Since then his heavily sado-masochistic works have become well known although he has had issues getting them published in theUK and America.  This illustration from The Slave has more implied than explicit action and, as usual, the ladies outnumber the men.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ancient Orgy 5: Scene from The Golden Ass by Milo Manara

This Roman orgy, depicting the festival of Lupercalia (which took place in February and was linked to fertility), is by the Italian artist Milo Manara and comes from his graphic novel The Golden Ass.  Although there is one clearly depicted vulva, the orgy is not that explicit.  Several of the figures in the centre of this panel appear to have been 'inspired' by the Temple of Vesta scene from Caligula (1980).  The men are very much outnumbered by the women here.

Manara's loose adaption of The Golden Ass was published in 1999.  The story was originally written by Apuleius (circa 124-170 AD), a Numidian Berber from what is now Algeria.  This is the only Roman novel that has survived in its entirety and tells the story of Lucius who, dabbling in magic, accidentally turns himself into a donkey.