“The Sovereign’s Entrance”, 19th century, German Erotica
German erotica may sound ironic. However, there is a history of positive sexuality in this country. Though they are often depicted as a hard-working and serious people who do not have much fun, the Germans have enjoyed quite a sensual history. Berlin in the swinging twenties was one of the more decadent cities on the planet.
The whole concept of nudism as a healthy natural lifestyle was first practiced in Germany during the 19th century. Even today Germany has legalized prostitution in Hamburg. And Berlin has retaken its place as a mecca for avant-garde hedonists.