Sensuality (Die Sinnlichkeit)


Franz von Stuck ( German, 1863 - 1928 )

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General Description

In this print, Franz von Stuck provides the viewer with the meaning of his composition in the title: Sensuality. The voluptuous naked woman, with a thick snake curling around her body, glances coquettishly from under heavily lidded eyes. The femme fatale, an attractive female who leads men into dangerous or disastrous situations, was a favorite theme for Symbolists, especially von Stuck. This print is a rendition of his painted masterpiece Sin, also of a nude and serpent, which hung above the mantle in his villa.

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Brittany Luberda, DMA label copy, 2010.

Web Resources

  • Khan Academy
    Watch this video about Franz von Stuck's painting Sin which also depicts a nude woman with a serpent.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    View a von Stuck's painting Inferno which includes a different version of the nude woman with a serpent.