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Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the Rococo Hardcover – Aug 13 1996

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"...a fresh perspective on religious imagery (both visual and verbal)....a lucid interweaving of Milton and Caravaggio with frankly pornographic poetry and book illustrations. Hart and Stevenson should be commended for their unabashed discussion of sexualized religious extremely refreshing presentation..." Choice

"Among the handsomest book of the season is Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the Renaissance to the Rococo, by Clive Hart and Kay Gilliland Stevenson." Studies in English Literature

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Do the angels make love? Will the souls of ordinary people feel sexual pleasure in the next world? Heaven and the Flesh explores the relationship between sexual desire and spiritual ascension in art and writing from the high renaissance to the birth of romanticism. Clive Hart and Kay Stevenson analyse the work of little known as well as canonical writers and artists, and philosophers and theologians as well as wits. This wide-ranging and well-illustrated survey offers new and sometimes surprising insights into material both familiar and unfamiliar.

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A popular thirteenth-century fabliau tells of a naive virgin who insisted that she would never marry and who also said publicly, to many astonished listeners, that she had an overwhelming desire to fly through the air like Daedalus. Read the first page
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