Amsterdam is not only famous for its canals, nor for its impressive collections of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh, but also for its museum dedicated to Venus, which welcomes more than 500,000 visitors per year. Travelers come from the world over, rushing to enter this unusual building next to the train station, called “The Temple of Venus”.
Gathered since 1985 by Monique Van Marle and her father, this collection of erotic art work is exceptional in the quality of the objects, prints, and very old photographs. Disregarding voyeurism, this museum aims to be a privileged place exhibiting eroticism’s artistic history. The author leads us on a guided tour, supported by a rich and varied iconography.
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- The Temple of Venus: The Sex Museum, Amsterdam
- A Ribald Reading
- The Erotic as a Literary Phenomenon
- 1665/1666: Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, Lives of Fair and Gallant Ladies
- Ulysses: The Song of the Sirens
- 1861: Wilhelmine Schroeder-Devrient, Memoirs of a Singer
- Marquis de Sade: Imagination Triumphs over Reason
- 1971: Anonymous, Phallus in France
- Freud: Art as an Intermediate Realm
- 1891: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Francke: Reining in the Imagination
- 1877: Anonymous, Documents of a Mouse from Two Houses
- Rousseau: Paradise Where Words Are Unnecessary
- 1792: André Robert de Nerciat, Les Joies de Lolotte
- Pornographic Photography: The Voyeuristic Principle
- Photography: Sex from a Distance
- Around 1925: Tantris, The Pentagon
- Reflections on “The Man in the Corridor” by Marguerite Duras