June 29, 2007

The dirtiness of desire

In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones scrutinizes the Lucas Cranach exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London: "Lucas Cranach was not the first artist to paint women naked, but he may be the first to have made it obvious he wanted to go to bed with them. With his taste for stagey sadomasochism - he painted Judith and Salomé as snake-eyed slayers of men - and his penchant for tight-laced garments, he was the Helmut Newton of the 16th century." Read more. Temptation in Eden: Cranach's Adam and Eve is at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, until September 23.

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