PART I

BASIC MASCULINITY

 

THE MYSTERIOUS

PHALLUS

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An ordinary Greek vase for storing wine or grain is decorated, as a matter of course, with an image of a naked woman marching off with something under her arm that resembles a fish or a tree-trunk but which is really a phallus. Margaret Walters in The Nude Male remarks of the image that ‘it is not clear whether her intentions are religious or lustful’. The second image shows Michelangelo’s carving of David from the biblical story of David and Goliath. It is without doubt the most famous sculpture of a male nude in the Renaissance tradition, and has inspired a whole tradition of representation ...

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