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The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion, by Leo Steinberg

Steinberg noticed something that I did, too, when I was eight years and being dragged through the great museums of Europe: Renaissance artists depicted and even directed attention to Jesus’ penis. As a child, I was silently flummoxed; Steinberg realized that this is something to seriously observe and discuss: how the Renaissance saw Jesus’ genitalia as sign and fulcrum of the Incarnation, the central mystery of Christianity.

May be the greatest book of art history ever; certainly it is the one that most thoroughly re-arranges one’s thoughts. This is the second edition, with later commentary, criticism, and examples.

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