Mihály Zichy's 19th century erotica shows you what sex looked like in the 1800s

Mihály Zichy's 19th century erotica shows you what sex looked like in the 1800s

ArtJuly 21, 2014

Mihály Zichy was a Hungarian artist born in 1827 who made paintings and ink drawings of many 1800's-esque things like Christian allusions and bearded people on boats, but he's most well known for his groundbreaking erotica.

His drawings are simple and honest, and often depict subjects engaging in sex that's beyond the scope of what was considered "normal" back then; premarital sex, oral sex, homosexuality, pregnant sex and masturbation, all things you might not expect someone who lived during the time of arranged marriage and sexual persecution to be so open-minded about. His drawings meld animal instincts with Victorian sensibility, giving you a peek into what sex was like almost 200 years ago ... and how your great-grandparents were probably conceived.

Although in his day, his erotic drawings were too lewd to be considered art, his bold subject matter alludes to the enjoyable perseverance of human sexuality throughout time, proving that even in an age before electricity was an official thing, people still did it reverse-cowgirl style.