The Pan himself is half-man, half-goat creature and in the Greek and Roman mythology he is one of the nature deities famous for his sexual powers and a symbol of procreation.
With phallic sculptures being a commonplace in the house of Romans who believed in their power to bring luck, Pan copulating with a goat statue was never questioned as perverse or shocking, as it was part of the religious beliefs. Except from their monumental architectural style Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh, India are also world-famous for their erotic sculptures that decorate the interior and exterior walls of the temples.
Whatever they stand for, these sculptures bring the orgy-like scenes and various sexual positions, celebrating the erotic freedom as a necessary part of the human life.
Compared to the explicit scenes of lovemaking in our first two examples our third sculpture brings a more suggestive approach to the erotic bliss.
brings to life the scene from Dante’s Inferno and the story about two lovers who were punished for their lust and adultery.
But we often forget that erotic art and interest in human sexual behavior have been with us from the dawn of humanity.
Erotica in art has been explored in the variety of our articles focusing mostly on contemporary art, photography, and painting.
This sculpture is one of Naples’s most prized artworks, and when it traveled to the UK a couple of years ago for the Pompeii Exhibition at the British museum the museum representatives had to include a parental guidance notice.The statue depicts Pan, Greek god of the wild having sex with a nanny goat.Made by one of the masters of sculpture from the Baroque era, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the marble sculpture depicts one scene from the life of Teresa of Avila. Teresa’s ecstatic experience of the divine, an intense moment of the religious ecstasy.Although it was done in the Counter-Reformation style, with the aim to convey spiritual aspects of the Catholic faith it is not certain whether Theresa’s experience of the divine is only spiritual or the scene bears sexual connotations and the ecstasy of St. The art professionals are still arguing about the message of this work and since there is no definitive answer we’ll let you decide.
There are disputes among scholars whether these visualizations of various sexual behaviors stand for tantric sexual practices or are they representations of Kama as an essential part of the cultural tradition.
Further on, it is not certain whether these sculptures represent gods or humans, mythical or everyday scenes.