The idea for this book was born in the course of a visit through the Louvre, when Catherine Belanger ventured to call the Louvre the biggest brothel in the world. Key works illustrate the artistic work and the representation of the nude in the Western world, from the 7th century BC to 1897. In his photos, Lois Lammerhuber detaches the nudity, sensuality and sexuality of the sculptures from the context of their artistic intention, conceiving them as “material” in a fictive photo studio and recreating them. He resorts to these “models” to translate them into the language of fashion, nude and advertising photography – Sensual and unexpected.
The images are accompanied by a text by Jean Galard reflecting this approach from an art historical and philosophical point of view.
The design of the book, with its bronze-like look, is meant to refer to the haptic character of sculpture.