Art and Culture 

The Bathroom: Pleasure and Hygiene

Luis Fernández-Galiano 

Antonio López, Desnudo en la bañera, 1968

Associated with the bedroom in a shared sphere of secluded intimacy, the bathroom wavers between hygiene and pleasure. The wellbeing that bodily regeneration gives fuses with the warm sensuality of the water that moistens the skin, opens up the pores, and stimulates the senses. A place for both water and warmth, the bath – even when little more than a washbasin in the bedroom – wraps the naked body in a vague mist. Thermal is its nature, and thermal is its virtue...

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