Sunday, June 7, 2015

Vestal Venuses for Vesta Asperit



Today is Vesta Asperit, a sacred day to Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the hearth.  It is the first day of the Vestalia festival.  On this day the Vestal Virgins spent their time making salted cakes which were used in sacrifices.  




 In the film Caligula (1979) the Vestal Virgins indulged in a mass lesbian romp in a pool in the temple, as might be expected of a film financed by Penthouse's Bob Guccione. In reality, the Vestal Virgins only numbered at most six and, maybe seven and they tended the sacred flame in Rome to ensure it didn't go out.




The passionate vestals in the film consisted of a number of Italian actresses and a bevy of Penthouse Pets.  In a film that is actually short on real eroticism it's an enticing scene and a good opportunity to play spot the Pet!




We will return to this scene in more detail in a future post when we take a look at the depiction of Roman orgies.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Kissing Venuses 10: Valerie and Caprice




S in Vancouver sent us these lovely shots which look to be from one of those "nearly art" sites.  "Do you remember that time.." she began, when we were speaking to her on Skype the other day.  We knew exactly what she was referring to; the occasion when she and Triple P were dining in a restaurant in Asia and she basically picked up the resident singer, who looked not dissimilar to the darker lady in these pictures, and took her back to our suite after her performance. 




We spent some time observing the two of them and enjoyed the two tone skin contrast as they went through a series of athletic manoeuvres on the bed.  Kissy, kiss.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Spring scene by Hosoda Eishi (c1790)



We will finish our al fresco sex theme with this painting by the Japanese artist Hosoda Eishi (1756-1829).  Most Japanese erotic art was in the form of woodblock prints and actual paintings, such as this, are rarer.  The ability to use more subtle shading gives them a particular delicacy, however.  Eishi, unusually for an artist at the time, was an aristocratic Samurai, as is his male protagonist here.  The woman, however, is wearing a maid's clothing.  This picture is from a set of twelve paintings of lovers, depicted at different times of the year.  The river in the background is the Sumida in Edo (now known as Tokyo). On the right, on the far bank, can be seen the gateway to the Mimeguri shrine which is still there today. This area, at the time of the painting was a popular place to look at flowers.


The view from Kuntsu Sumida Park looking towards the Mimeguri shrine today.  You can just glimpse the pale ochre-coloured Sumida river on the left hand side of the photograph at the chest height of the man in a blue jacket


Today, technically, despite the urbanisation of Tokyo, you could still have al fresco sex on this spot as it is the site of Kuntsu Sumida Park, a narrow open space which follows the river bank for just under a mile.  The shrine is no longer visible from the spot across the river as the view is blocked by the elevated Metropolitan Expressway 6, which runs between it and the river bank.