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Themes in Art

Phallic Symbols

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” famously quoth Sigmund Freud, yet in art and even in culture more generally, any long, cylindrical protuberance is likely to be a veiled, or even entirely subconcious reference to the male genitalia. You saw Jeff Bezos’s rocket, right?

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Avanton Gold Cone, Bronze Age

Avanton Gold Cone 1000 – 900BCE

Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, El Lissitzky

Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge El Lissitzky, 1920

Berlin Gold Hat, Bronze Age

Berlin Gold Hat 1000 – 800BCE

Feeding the Fishes, John Dunkley

Feeding the Fishes John Dunkley, 1940

Fortune Teller, Caravaggio

Fortune Teller Caravaggio, 1594

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt, Bronze Age

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt 1400 – 1300BCE

In Advance of the Broken Arm, Marcel Duchamp

In Advance of the Broken Arm Marcel Duchamp, 1915

King of Clubs, Olga Rozanova

King of Clubs Olga Rozanova, 1912 – 1915

Law Code of Hammurabi, Mesopotamia

Law Code of Hammurabi 1750BCE

Living Still Life, Salvador Dalí

Living Still Life Salvador Dalí, 1956

Menhir de Champ-Dolent, Neolithic

Menhir de Champ-Dolent 5500 – 2000BCE

Nature Morte a la Guitare, Georges Braque

Nature Morte a la Guitare Georges Braque, 1938

Princess X, Constantin Brancusi

Princess X Constantin Brancusi, 1915 – 1916

Still life with Chinese eggplant and squash, Louisa Matthíasdóttir

Still life with Chinese eggplant and squash Louisa Matthíasdóttir, 1984

The Progress of Love: Reverie, Jean-Honoré Fragonard

The Progress of Love: Reverie Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1771 – 1772

Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of Her Own Chastity, Salvador Dalí

Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by the Horns of Her Own Chastity Salvador Dalí, 1954

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