Prostitution and art had similar beginnings. Both of them were associated with religion. If you will look closely, the subject of most painters and sculptors were gods and goddesses. Interestingly, the same thing applies with prostitutes. In fact, during the days, whores believed that they were serving the gods.
As the years gone by, prostitutes separated themselves from religion. Ancient escorts are no longer to be found on temples, but already have their own establishments. Moreover, art and prostitution began to be entangled together. Artists illustrated their experiences with prostitutes and the delight of sex on vases, walls, and sculptures.
Art Inspiring Lust and Libidos
You don’t need to experience a brothel tour for you to see how art inspires lust and libidos. During the excavations in the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii in the 18th century, archaeologists unearthed sexually explicit paintings and artworks. Later on, they discovered a lot of establishments believed to be brothels. There were erotic graffitis and paintings that decorated the walls and ceilings of buildings containing stone beds.
Another interesting discovery was the Lupanare, one of the popular bawdy houses in Pompeii. The building had rooms and stone beds where prostitutes please their clients. There were also erotic frescoes on the entire establishment, which are thought to serve as the modern-day billboards. These wall paintings illustrate various sexual positions, phallus depictions and other erotic images.
Sexually explicit artworks are said to inspire lust and libidos. Based on the discovered erotic artifacts in Pompeii, the business in brothels that were once ornamented with sexual art were booming. As a matter of fact, hundreds of inscriptions on the walls of brothels attest to the services given to the clients. For instance, one of the engravings translate to “I f*cked a lot of girls here!”
Apart from being hung on walls, paintings and sculptures made by renowned artists are seemed to be inspired by sex and prostitution. For one, Hokusai has a masterpiece titled “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife.” This erotic art illustrates two octopuses wrapping around a naked woman. The smaller octopus can be seen at the mouth of the woman. On the other hand, the bigger octopus enveloped the lower part of the woman’s body with the tentacles while performing an oral play. Even back then, oral stimulation seems to be a thing.