Art & Sex: the Penis, Testes, Breasts, Vulva-Vagina, Clitoris & Rear-end

Lorenzo Baccalà

Not too long ago I came upon an eye catching, 17th century painting by Rene Magritte, Le Viol or the Rape. It’s a woman’s face with the mouth replaced by the vulva and the eyes by the breasts. It got me thinking about a puzzle that I have not yet solved.

Since art came to be, painting, sculpting and other visualizations are dominated by breasts and penises, the latter oftentimes with the testes but rarely depicted alone. Way back, even before Sumeria, the first recorded civilization, there were sculptured and pictorial representations of the breast. Penises also were represented, the most famous being the mighty god, Priapus, whom the Romans adored. His penis was so large that I’m sure he sometimes fainted when he had an erection because the amount of blood required to fill his organ stole from his brain supply. I often wondered whether this happened…

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