FUSELI, John Henry
(b. 1741, Zurich, d. 1825, London)

Symplegma of a Man with Two Women

Pen and ink, 268 x 333 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Between 1770 and 1778 Fuseli created a number of erotic drawings which he called "Symplegma." They are very different from the erotic depictions that were usual in the late Rococo period, and in which the lascivious element is modestly concealed in a pleasurable, anecdotal bedchamber manner, Fuseli is uncompromisingly direct. In these drawings the erotic element often comes close to suffering.