The idea of this blog in addition to The Minxipedia came to me firstly from thinking about being so rubbish at keeping The Minxipedia up to date and not having a lot to say. Secondly I wanted a mini project to keep my brain moving and I had a germ of an idea after I visited the exhibition Easy Virtue:Prostitution in French Art 1850-1910 at the Van Gogh musuem in Amsterdam earlier in the year.
Since then I have been on a History of Art course and I wanted to keep up with that interest through the summer. I am by no means an expert, but I thought the research and writing would be good for me and hopefully create an interesting blog for those with an interest in art and also prostitution!
I'm going to start with the painting in the cover picture- Manet's Olympia. I shall vary the periods and styles I write about and also vary where the artists some from, though I will stick to Western art initially.
I shall also be including paintings of both actual sex workers as well as depictions posed by models. Prostitutes, or rather courtesans were often used as models for artists, probably because they were the kind of woman willing to pose nude and secondly for the great courtesans a painting by a fine artists was the 16th or 17th century version of a card in a phone box or a website; a great way of advertising!
This is very much a work in progress so we shall see where it leads me!
First post coming soon!