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"There remains the extraordinary example of Rembrandt's etching of a couple on a bed, where I do not find the subject at all disturbing because it is seen entirely in human terms and is not intended to promote action. But it is, I believe, unique, and only Rembrandt could have done it." --Kenneth Clark in The Longford Report (1972)

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Ledikant[1] (1646) (English: The Bedstead) is an etching by Rembrandt, also known as Het Franse Bed, Ledekant or Le lit a la Francaise.

The drawing features a man lying on top of a woman in intercourse, the so-called missionary position. An odd feature is that the woman has three hands, one right hand and two left hands. With one left hand she embraces him and the other lies next to her body.

It gives an extra edge of frenzy to the drawing, evoking at the same time sequential art and multiple exposures.

At the same time, the work brings a certain realism in the realm of the erotic arts, which was unseen until then, what the Kronhausens would have called erotic realism.

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