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A private journey into the world of eroticism

Lady Godiva was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating at least to the 13th century, rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only in her long hair. Her aim was to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband imposed on his tenants. To see her parading through the streets of the city on her white horse, good tailor “Peeping Tom“, disobeying the proclamation of the count, made a hole in the wall and was struck dazzled and blind.

Their legend gives name to the Peep Show, an exhibition of pictures, objects or people viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass.

Also known as a peep show box or raree — rarity show —, can be traced back as early as the 15th century in Europe with Leon Battista Alberti.
Another example, known as the perspective box, can be found in the 17th century so-called “Dutch Golden Age painting” where, through the manipulation of perspective, was created an illusion of three-dimensionality usually within a room.

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But the most well-known form of Peep Show, born from the need to satisfy their tastes with the sense of sight, was mobile. The spectator, through one or more spyholes, could look into a wooden box, inside which followed each of the images that were driven by the travellers. The interior of the boxes, to simulate the theatrical scenes, was richly decorated. While the images passed before the viewer’s eyes, some actors recited to the rest of the curious public what was happening in the mysterious box.

Peep shows have been used for erotic and pornographic pictures, such as What the Butler Saw, a mutoscope reel, and an early example of erotic films dating from the early 1900s, since before the turn of the twentieth century. In contemporary use, a peep show is a piecewise presentation of pornographic films or a live sex show which is viewed through a viewing slot, which shuts after the time paid for has expired. The viewing slots can be operated by a money box device.

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After Beauty, Rino Stefano Tagliafierro presents a new animated journey into the art paintings, this time through a keyhole. You just need one euro coin and your eye will be satisfied.

Feauturing artists as John Collier, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, François Boucher, Gustave Courbet, Pieter Paul Rubens, Agnolo Bronzino, and many others.

www.rinostefanotagliafierro.com
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