Weird History A Pope Ordered That These Erotic Renaissance Engravings Be Destroyed (They Weren't)  

Mick Jacobs
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From Adam and Eve to Lot and his wife, people clearly struggled with obeying religious orders throughout history. Such is the case when, in 1524, Pope Clement VII tried to ban the I Modi, or The Sixteen Pleasures, a Renaissance book that features explicit engravings of different sexual positions. Much like medieval sex artwork, pictures from I Modi give you an idea of what Renaissance people were into, which included muscles, religious symbolism, and intercourse with demons. In other words, the I Modi displayed the exact opposite of what the Vatican considered appropriate. The church demanded the destruction of the erotic engravings, but they were instead recreated in a second edition of the book.

Though not as off the walls as some historical weird sex art, I Modi's erotic pictures reveal people from the Renaissance era fornicated like the Holy Spirit wasn't watching. With titles like "The Satyr and the Nymph," I Modi's makes it obvious that kinky, fantastical sex art existed long before anyone ever logged into DeviantArt.

Venus Genitice


Venus Genitice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Pope Ordered That These Erotic Renaissance Engravings Be Destroyed (They Weren't)
Photo: Agostino Carracci/I Modi/Public Domain

Paris And Oenone


Paris And Oenone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Pope Ordered That These Erotic Renaissance Engravings Be Destroyed (They Weren't)
Photo: Agostino Carracci/I Modi/Public Domain

Angelique And Medor


Angelique And Medor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A Pope Ordered That These Erotic Renaissance Engravings Be Destroyed (They Weren't)
Photo: Agostino Carracci/I Modi/Public Domain

The Satyr And The Nymph


The Satyr And The Nymph is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Pope Ordered That These Erotic Renaissance Engravings Be Destroyed (They Weren't)
Photo: Agostino Carracci/I Modi/Public Domain