Sublime Scenes: Saturno Buttò and Jeanne de Berg

Nihil Floriana, 2010, Saturno Buttò.

I. I’m not exactly sure when I discovered the art of Saturno Buttò, but I do remember how. After a discussion with an artist friend about an erotic art idea, I googled “erotic art Renaissance style” (which was not the idea), and up popped dozens of thumbnail images in red, gold, orange, black. Beautiful nude bodies, rendered in Caravaggio-like high-key lighting, almost photo-realistically rendered—all doing incredibly kinky things to each other. Who was this? I clicked on the artist’s site—there were no other artists’ images within that search, btw—and wow. More research was clearly needed. All but the most backward…