Erotic art, according to Professor of Philosophy Matthew Kieran,  “is art that is made with the intention to stimulate its target audience sexually, and that succeeds to some extent in doing so.”  However, modern aesthetics has cast a long shadow into the 20th and even the 21st century, and the idea that the aesthetic and the erotic are fundamentally incompatible has proved to be very influential throughout.  Nietzsche’, citing George Bernard Shaw’s famous play, Pygmalion, noted that “all art works tonically, increases strength, inflames desire.”  Excerpted from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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