The art of pleasure: An erotic history of humanity From the dawn of time ever since Adam and Eve all artists of every agewhether the Egyptian Greek or Roman artists of Antiquity or more recent famous names as Rembrandt Courbet Degas or Picassohave succumbed to their fantasies obsessions and libido and produced erotic works that the censors have taken good care to keep from the public. ForErotica Universalis we surface from the subterranean realms of the museums to enter those of our national and private libraries. Here we discover that not only most of our famous writers such as Ovid Aretino Voltaire Verlaine or Maupassant wrote erotic texts that bordered on indecency but also that great artists like Boucher Fragonard Dal or Matisse were inspired to provide suitable illustrations for these naughty books. For this new hardcover edition of the classic 1995 bestseller we have culled highlights from our Erotica Universalis collection. A banquet for the imagination and a feast of the eye! Gilles Nret (19332005) was an art historian journalist writer and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L’il and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dal: The Paintings Matisse and Erotica Universalis.