I Modi (The Ways), a 16th Century Sex Position Book

I Modi (The Ways), also known as The Sixteen Pleasures or under the Latin title De omnibus Veneris Schematibus, is a famous erotic book of the Italian Renaissance in which a series of sexual positions were explicitly depicted in engravings. While the original edition was apparently completely destroyed by the Catholic Church (in the early 1500s), fragments of a later edition survived. The second edition (published in 1527) was accompanied by sonnets written by Pietro Aretino, which described the sexual acts depicted. The original illustrations were probably copied by Agostino Caracci, whose version survives.

 

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Polyenos and Chriseis

Polyenos and Chriseis

 

Venus Genetrix

Venus Genetrix

 

Paris and Oenone

Paris and Oenone

 

Angelique and Medor

Angelique and Medor

 

The satyr and the nymph

The satyr and the nymph

 

Julia with an athlete

Julia with an athlete

 

Hercules and Deianaira

Hercules and Deianaira

 

Mars and Venus

Mars and Venus

 

The Cult of Priapus

The Cult of Priapus

 

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

 

 

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