Pictorial Art and Photography Book Review

Throughout human history mankind has celebrated the beauty of the body, the sensation of love making and fertility. In some cultures there are gods of fertility, others call it a miracle from god, but all were fascinated by this seemingly magical event, with all of its sensuality, passion and emotion. Perhaps, this was best described in humankind’s history by its art and verse.

Now then, let’s discuss the Asian arts, specifically Pan Asian arts of sensuality, sexuality and passion, elements of the divine, magic and intrigue. Indeed, no book has better explained the universal truth of past periods and their emotional connection than a art pictorial book, which I have on my shelf. One which I bought after the Pan Asian exhibit; “The Sensuous Immortals” and to that note, let me recommend that you pick one up to read, educate yourself and entertain friends and family by displaying the copy in your own family room:

“The Sensuous Immortals – a Selection of the Pan Asian Collection” by Pratapaditya Pal – 1978 in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Art Museum and distributed by MIT Press.

Believe me this book shows you that the Greeks and Romans had nothing on the Asian cultures of the same period or the periods that followed. This book is proof positive of that. In this work there are pictures on almost every page, with a complete briefing on each work of art; where it was found, when it was made, and some even show who the artists was or who had commissioned the great work. The book is 270 pages long and takes quite a few days to read and it just keeps bringing you back for more enlightenment of the Pan American sensual art of past periods.