I Modi (The Ways) is the first erotic book I read when I was a child. It was a present from my uncle to my dad, but it ended up becoming my first experience of sexual curiosity.
It’s also known as The Sixteen Pleasures or, in Latin, De omnibus Veneris Schematibus, and it is a famous erotic book from the Italian Renaissance: in it a series of sexual positions performed by greek Gods were explicitly depicted in engravings.
Even if the original edition was completely destroyed by Catholic Church’s censorship, fragments of a later edition survived, together with sonnets written by Pietro Aretino and describing the sexual acts depicted.
The original illustrations were later copied by Agostino Carracci, whose version survived until today. You can find the full turbulent story of I MODI on Wikipedia.
These drawings I made are a tribute to this small book.
Printed in Risograph at Press Press. Limited edition of 25.