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The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion

The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion (Paperback)

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Steinberg argues in this work that the artists regarded the deliberate exposure of Christ's genitalia as an affirmation of kinship with the human condition. Christ's lifelong virginity, understood as potency under check, and the first offer of blood in the circumcision, both required acknowledgment of the genital organ. More than exercises in realism, these unabashed images underscore the crucial theological import of the Incarnation.

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