I Bet You Didn't Know the Ancient Greeks Had Strap-ons…
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|Erastes & Eromenos Marble Mosaic, 2005|
|medium||Marble mosaic on Durock substrate. Steel frame.|
|size||Mosaic is 60" x 36," frame dimensions, 62" x 38" x 2"|
|availability||Unique piece, available. Or commission a similar design for direct installation to floor or walls. View a gallery of suggestions for erotic mosaics based on classical Greek art here.|
|price||$3950 framed. Inquire for pricing on custom mosaic designs.|
|S&H||$230 FedEx Freight. For other options, email or call 231.584.2710.|
|Purchase item ($4,180 including S+H).|
No, it hasn't got anything to do with spanking or paddles or even BDSM… But it's still a cool piece that you may not have seen (unless you followed the sidebar link to my erotic mosaic collection). I figure that since a fair number of readers here enjoy my art as well as my paddles, I'll occasionally single out a work here on the blog.
The original vase painting this mosaic is based on has been dated approximately 500 BC. It depicts an older lover (erastes) and his beloved youth (eromenos) making love surrounded by egg-like pillows. I've always been fascinated with the clean lines and sensual allure of Ancient Greek vase paintings, and when I realized how precisely the colors of marble match the glaze of Attic red-figure vases, well, I just couldn't resist…
By contrasting explicit imagery with classical technique and reference, my goal with this mosaic was to see if I could move a work beyond shock value or controversy and make it broadly accessible. My feeling is that every time someone is able to see beauty in a work that goes beyond their personal comfort level, the world becomes that much more tolerant. I'm not a big fan of alienation and shock value— it's just too easy to figure out what people's buttons are and push them, you know? But I'm a huge fan of work that finds a way to gently push an audience to broaden their horizons or consider ideas they would normally find uncomfortable.
The piece came out so well that I intend to do a series of mosaics exploring classical erotic imagery. To see a catalog of other erotic designs available for commission, click here. If you are interested in purchasing this mosaic and would like to see higher resolution photos, please email me.