Jack Shoulder and Mark Small

Museum Bums: A Cheeky Look at Butts in Art

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Based on the eponymous viral Twitter account, Museum Bums, a celebration of classical art, history, and shapely derrières, encourages readers to learn something new while still managing to have a chuckle.

What do Hieronymus Bosch, the Roman cult of Antinous, and the peach emoji all have in common? But of course, butts, of course! 

Divided into six categories of keisters, this humorous history book takes you on a whirlwind tour of the finest rear ends in museums around the world—from the lusciously rendered bottoms of Renaissance painting to the abstract curves of contemporary art. Heritage scholars and art educators Mark Small and Jack Shoulder pair illuminating social commentary, historical context, and lively captions with captivating depictions of tasteful—and sometimes cheeky—bums in art.

Including an angel slyly copping a feel in a sixteenth-century triptych, a twenty-five thousand-year-old bodacious Venus, and Cezanne's dreamy booty-ful bathers, this assortment of artistic behinds is both a celebration and study of the bounty of beautiful bums and their everlasting impressions. Museum Bums invites readers to admire, appreciate, and have a good laugh, all while learning a bit about art and history—a perfect gift for anyone who likes fine arts, museums, and butts. 

LIGHTHEARTED AND EDUCATIONAL: There are not many classical art books that walk the line of lighthearted humor. A book like Museum Bums will fill the hole in the market for books that are both artistically educational and entertaining!

POPULAR TWITTER BY KNOWLEDGEABLE AUTHORS: Heritage scholars and art educators Mark Small and Jack Shoulder run the popular Twitter @MuseumBums and have channeled this playful approach to art history and education into an expanded book! 

BEAUTIFUL, HIGH-QUALITY, AFFORDABLE EXPLORATION: With the feel of a fine art book, Museum Bums is a gorgeous book that just begs to be displayed in your home. And with humorous content and an affordable price point, it's also a perfect gift for friends and family.

Perfect for:
    • Art history buffs
    • Art lovers
    • Artists
    • Art teachers
    • Fans of Men to Avoid in Art and Life and other humor/gift books sold at museum stores


Creators: Jack Shoulder and Mark Small
Hardback Published 1 November 2023 160 pages

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