Professor Carl Heinrich Stratz' Classy scientific pornography, 1922

Book review

A scientific approach to beauty of the female body is available for all - thanks to Professor Stratz' good work. He has scientifically found out that 5 women out of 1000 are really beautiful. Good for him !


Fully developed, meaty breast of a devlishly beautiful woman: "Vollentwickelte Fleischbrüste einer Beauté du diable".


The Woman thus consists of Breast, Belly, Hips, Buttock (Brust, Bauch, Huefte, Gesaess) etcetera. Another version of this picture is in the 20th century visual Duden dictionary. The picture above also make me think of one in a school book in a French elementary school, giving the parts of a cow as the sum total of useful cuts: the cow consists of shoulder, rear end, etcetera.

Below is a politically correct vision of the female body, from Elizabeth Haiken, Venus Envy, A History of Cosmetic Surgery, Johns Hophins University Press, Baltimore and London 1997, page 170:



And now the Man. The Man in fact does not consist of parts. He is a whole. Here for reasons of modesty the black airbrush has been used...

Male normal figure - Männliche Normalgestalt. Now you know what a normal man looks like. Penis airbrushed out.


Prof.dr. C.H. Stratz, 'Die Schönheit des weiblichen Körpers'. The beauty of the Female body.

Copy in the Central Library, Amsterdam. Elsewhere I read that re-issues were printed up to the year 1941, deserving a place of honour on the book shelf in many a German family - being perused with glee, for the benefit of creating healthy Aryans.

The title page states: Dedicated to Mothers, Doctors and Artists. That makes me feel all good inside...

And now for something completely different: Sexology 101... This is how the v@gina gets wet:

Finally. Now I understand the female!

Big article about Massage & Sexuality


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De Grote Rembrandt, door Gary Schwartz, boek.
Geschiedenis van Alkmaar, boek.
Carel Fabritius, Tentoonstellingscatalogus.
Frans van Mieris, Tentoonstellingscatalogus.
From Rembrandt to Vermeer, Grove Art catalogue, book.
Vermeer Studies, Congresbundel.
C. Willemijn Fock: Het Nederlandse interieur in beeld, boek.
Het Huwelijksgeschenk (1934), boek over de egoïstische vrouw, die haar luiheid botviert.
Zandvliet, 250 De Rijksten van de Gouden Eeuw , boek + nieuwe stippenplattegrond!
Ik doe wat ik doe, teksten van Lennaert Nijgh , boek + cd
Het Rotterdam Boek, boek.
Bouwen in Nederland 600 - 2000, boek.
Hollandse Stadsgezichten/ Dutch Cityscape, exhib. cat.

TEFAF 2008 art fair




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