Bronzino’s allegory of ‘Venus and Cupid’: An exemplary image for contemporary sexual health promotion?

Samuel Porter, C. Kelly

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Abstract

Recent sexual health promotion strategies have veered between a negative emphasis on the deleterious consequences of sexually transmitted infections, and a more positive, eroticized approach to safer sex. The differences in approach are starkly reflected in the images chosen to illustrate them. We note that there are problems with both approaches. The main purpose of this review is to demonstrate how this dichotomy was transcended by the sixteenth century Florentine Mannerist painter, Agnolo Bronzino, in his allegory on syphilis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-731
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of STD & AIDS
Volume20
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Impact Factor 1.00, Q4, Infectious Diseases

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