Guillaume Coustou II, French 1760
V&A Museum, London
Because of its size, the statue of Neptune is called “il Gigante” (the Giant), or “al Żigànt” in Bolognese dialect. It was built in 1566 according to the inscription at the base of the fountain, “to serve the people”; namely, to beautify the Piazza Maggiore.
Just steps from the city’s political core, the fountain was an immediate hit with the vegetable sellers, launderers, and artisans — so much so that a punishment of 50 lashes was given to women and children caught using it for bathing, while the punishment for men was “ (a torturous and crippling procedure involving tying the arms behind the back and cranking up on them to the point of dislocation).
It is said that the statue’s famous creator, Giambologna (Jean Boulogne) wanted to fashion Neptune with larger genitalia but naturally met with opposition from the Church. However, the sculptor would not be swayed: he designed the statue so that from a particular angle the thumb of the outstretched left hand lines up with the groin area, making it look like an erect penis. According to the prelates, the women of Bologna were so disturbed by the sight that the Church had to put bronze pants on the statue. Actually, the entire fountain has a strongly erotic quality: just take a look at the voluptuous nymphs spraying their breasts with water!
Michael Parkes - Leda & the Swan
Torso Ephesus, Museum Vienna
Cybele, the Goddess of Fertility, the sculpture by Mihail Chemiakin, in front of Mimi Ferzt Gallery in Soho, NY.
By John Dugdale. Note the broken heart.
Dude…! Is that clay-mation..? Rock on, Dylan! Love to see your talents span the artistic gamete! ~ Eros
The Goddess Uma 10th century Angkor period Sandstone H: 124.2 W: 37.5 D: 24.3 cm Koh Ker, Cambodia Gift of Arthur M. Sackler S1987.909 This hierarchic majestic figure wears a precisely pleated skirt whose downturned upper edge creates a prominent fold over the belt with dangling tassels visible below. This convention is typcial of the tenth-century Angkor style. Three incised lines below her breast and along her neck express the ideal of ample beauty. While she lacks identifying attributes, the cylindrical shape of her hairstyle and the jeweled diadem on her forehead indicate that she is a goddess. The absence of a Buddha in her headdress suggests she is a Hindu deity, most likely Uma, consort of the god Shiva. (via Southeast Asian Art Collection Highlights | Collections Online | Freer and Sackler Galleries)
This is a fully featured Suspension Bondage Sculpture, with the finest of explicit/intimate detail.
Here the piece has been Hand Cast in the finest Pewter Finish.
Also available in Bronze and Gun Metal Finishes.
by Leigh Heppell