Pietro Aretino's book Sonnetti Lussuriosi
Date: 1500 - 1799
Artist: Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)
Confronting Bodies: Christian Church, Pope
Dates of Action: 1558
Description of Artwork: Pietro Aretino's book Sonetti Lussuriosi, (otherwise known as La Corona di Cazza) contained illustrations of various sexual positions, "Posizioni." The illustrations were done by Giulio Romano, which he created from Aretino's verse.
The Incident: In 1527 Pope Clement VII condemned and had suppressed every edition of his Sonetti Lussuriosi which had been published in 1524.
Results of Incident: In 1558, the book went on the Vatican's first index of forbidden books.
Source: Village Voice, Onan the Barbarian, October 19, 1993