Agostino Carracci's erotic engravings

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
Jump to navigation Jump to search
English: These engravings below were published in the work titled "L'Arétin d'Augustin Carrache ou Recueil de postures érotiques" (Augustine Carracci's The Aretin or Collection of Erotic Postures) which was printed 1798 in Paris. The artist was Jacques Joseph Coiny[1], who lived from 1761 to 1809.

One theory in relation to what images these etchings are inspired by is that they were inspired by the erotic poses in 'The Loves of the Gods' which was created at the start of the 17th century in Antwerp by Pieter de Jode I.[2] It is uncertain what images these etchings were inspired by. It is thought that Coiny had a set of six anonymous prints and it is difficult to say which prints these were.[3]

Some historians [4] argue that these engravings were in fact done by Camillo Procaccini, though based on Carracci drawings, which in turn are very alike the engravings that Marcantonio Raimondi did after drawings by Giulio Romano.
  1. L'Aretin d'Augustin Carrache archive copy. ErotiCart.
  2. Louis Dunand and Philippe Lemarchand, Augustin Carrache. Les amours des Dieux, Genève, Slatkine, 1990, pp. 1009–1033.
  3. Nathalie Strasser in Éros invaincu. La Bibliothèque Gérard Nordmann, Genève, Cercle d'art, 2004, pp. 30–31.
  4. Francis Haskell, Taste and the Antique, (ISBN 0-300-02641-2)