'These violent delights have violent ends,
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder
Which as they kiss consume.'
~ Friar Lawrence in Shakespeare’s 'Romeo & Juliet' Act 2 6.9-11
Lust is arguably the most powerful - and dangerous - of all human desires. Lust for glory, sex, power, have driven people of the ancient and modern world to the deepest depths and loftiest heights of human achievement. Illustrated by treasures including Caravaggio’s ‘Salome’, the Warren Cup, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, and Ibn Battutta’s description of the Indian temples at Khajuraho, this lecture examines stories, depictions, and complexities of human lust.