Daytime Eros—Pleasure and Paper: A History of the Graphic in the Graphic Arts

No medium lends itself better to subversive subject matter than works on paper. Prints and drawings not only allow for an intimate viewing experience, but their ephemeral nature also made them easy to distribute, buy, and hide or discard when in fear of discovery. It is therefore no wonder that erotic imagery has held a steady place in the graphic arts ever since paper became more readily available in the 15th century. See the works on paper from The Met collection that rub up against the bounds of propriety.

Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Met

Recorded November 17, 2016

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