Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Italian masturbating Venuses by Milo Manara





The Giro d'Italia finished today and with that the end of Italian month on Venus Observations.  The end of the May also brings an end to Masturbation Month so we thought we would combine the two in a suitable climax with some pictures by the Italian artist Milo Manara.




Triple P first came across his work (so to speak) in the early nineties when Penthouse serialised his story Click! about a woman, Claudia, who has an implant that at the click of a remote control switch turns her into a seething cauldron of lascivious sexuality, often at the most inappropriate moments.




Click!'s original title in Italian was Il Gioco (The Game) and was originally published in the Italian men's magazine Playmen in 1983,before it appeared in Penthouse.  The two magazines shared some pictorials just as Hugh Hefner's Oui had with Lui from France.




Bob Guccione was something of a comics fan and also set up Penthouse Comix.   Initially he featured the comics content in three issues of Penthouse itself before launching it as a stand alone title in spring 1994.  It ran for 32 issues, with the final issue being in July 1998.  Guccione being Guccione ,he offered artists more per page than any other comic, hence he got the top people in the field (at least initially).




Milo Manara was born in 1945 in the South Tyrol region of Italy and studied architecture as well as art.  He made his comics debut in 1969.  Other than comics he does book illustrations and fine art work as well.  We have previously looked at some of his book illustrations here and here.




His ability to draw provocative young women is unrivalled in the comics world, we would suggest, and although he is a good painter he can convey just as much passion with his spare line drawings too.




He certainly seems to enjoy portraying ecstatically masturbating long-legged ladies and his pictures convey a sense of abandoned erotic joy that is quite distinctive and genuinely arousing.




Manara has a number of different styles which he deploys as appropriate but, being a pen and ink artist himself, Triple P particularly enjoys his line work.  The clever thing about this mirror drawing is that it does not depict the face of the masturbating girl as she is not looking at the mirror.  It shows, instead, the face of a girl who is standing behind the girl, where the viewer is.




Triple P's adventures amongst the ladies of Rome and Milan in the eighties and early nineties did not involve many masturbating ones (apart from one older lady).  This is possibly because of their Catholic backgrounds (as we found with another Catholic girl we mentioned in our last post) as many still seem to suffer from a lot of guilt, even while doing the most lascivious things.  Still, Italians seem to  have a thing about nuns, who appear in Italian (and French) erotica quite often (compared with Britain for example).




As we mentioned Manara got his first US exposure in Penthouse, after Bob Guccione was shown some of his work.  The prevalence of images of masturbating women in modern men's magazines was almost entirely due to the approach taken by Guccione in seventies Penthouse.  These girls, lost in an  erotic reverie of their own, are very Penthouse.




 If there is one thing better than a masturbating girl it is two masturbating girls and here, from one of his comics, we have one girl catching her friend having a frig while reading.  Like the character in Emmanuelle we know quite a few girls who enjoy this.





We have appreciated the positive comments on yesterday's post which we thought might be a slightly challenging one given our mostly male readership (although we know we have some regular female readers too).   We have also had some emails (and quite stimulating ones too) from friends on the subject.  Several asked how Triple P celebrated Masturbation Day.  We went around to our friend A's and she provided some Gavi di Gavi (to celebrate the Giro - well done Vincnzo Nibali) and we sat opposite each other on her bed and saw how long we could delay ourselves for.  Such fun!




So we have a nice passionate finish to Italian and Masturbation month on Venus Observations.  We will be posting some shorter entries for a bit as we intend to get on with our next episode of The Pubic Wars and have several half completed longer posts in draft we need to finish.  We have also been neglecting The Seduction of Venus and need to post in that as well in the coming weeks.




As Bruce Forsythe and Tess Daly wouldn't quite say at the end of Strictly Come Dancing "Keep frigging!"

3 comments:

  1. Yes! Milo Manara! He's one of my favorite erotic artists! And your personal celebration sounds like it was a lot of fun. ;)

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    1. Well, it was all thanks to you highlighting it all that we decided to have a special celebration and had a more exciting and different experience than our usual! Now she wants to get a dildo!

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    2. That's great! And I definitely suggest she get a dildo. I love mine!

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