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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Bacchus and Ariadne

Bacchus and Ariadne

 

A satyr and his wife

A satyr and his wife

 

Jupiter and Juno

Jupiter and Juno

 

Messalina in the booth of 'Lisica'

Messalina in the booth of 'Lisica'

 

Achilles and Briseis

Achilles and Briseis

 

Ovid and Corinna

Ovid and Corinna

 

Aeneas and Dido [accompanied by a Cupid]

Aeneas and Dido [accompanied by a Cupid]

 

Alcibiades and Glycera

Alcibiades and Glycera

 

Pandora

Pandora

 

 

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