Pietro Aretino's book Sonnetti Lussuriosi

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Date: 1500 - 1799

Region: Europe

Subject: Religious

Medium: Literature


Artist: Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

Confronting Bodies: Christian Church, Pope

Dates of Action: 1558

Location: 13

Description of Artwork: Pietro Aretino's book Sonetti Lussuriosi, (otherwise known as La Corona di Cazza) contained illustrations of various sexual positions, "Posizioni." The illustrations were done by Giulio Romano, which he created from Aretino's verse.

The Incident: In 1527 Pope Clement VII condemned and had suppressed every edition of his Sonetti Lussuriosi which had been published in 1524.

Results of Incident: In 1558, the book went on the Vatican's first index of forbidden books.

Source: Village Voice, Onan the Barbarian, October 19, 1993