This book was published to celebrate the first major Australian exhibition of ukiyo-e art (images of the 'floating world'), held at the National Gallery in 1998. Under the headings of 'Low city', 'High city', 'Men as women', 'Embracing desire', 'Pleasure town' and 'Beauty and violence', the book traces the development of ukiyo-e style from decorative and poetic works to explicit, powerfully charged erotic ones over the period from 1600 to 1868. It features prints, paintings, screens and costumes.40 The Japanese attitude to sex along with other bodily functions had an uninhibited robust flavour to it. ... During the eighth century illustrated sex manuals such as the osokuzu no e [posture pictures] were required by law as essential readinganbsp;...
|Title||:||Beauty & Desire in Edo Period Japan|