Erotica (from the Greek ἔρως, eros "desire") is any artistic work that deals substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing subject matter. All forms of art may depict erotic content, including painting, sculpture, photography, drama, film, music or literature. Erotica has high-art aspirations, differentiating it from commercial pornography.
Curiosa is erotica and pornography as discrete, collectible items, usually in published or printed form.
Erotica and pornography
Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography (as well as the lesser known genre of sexual entertainment, ribaldry), although some viewers may not distinguish between them. A key distinction, some have argued, is that pornography's objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes, while erotica "seeks to tell a story that involves sexual themes" that include a more plausible depiction of human sexuality than in pornography. Additionally, works considered degrading or exploitative tend to be classified by those who see them as such, as "porn" rather than as "erotica" and consequently, pornography is often described as exploitative or degrading.
The Naked Maja (c. 1800–1803) by Francisco de Goya.
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Painting by Édouard-Henri Avril.
- Erotic film
- Erotic literature
- Feminist views on pornography#Pornography vs. erotica
- History of erotic depictions
- Sex museum
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