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Gay Art and History at the Louvre Museum

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Event:
Gay Art and History at the Louvre Museum
Start:
January 28, 2016 7:00 PM
End:
January 28, 2016 8:30 PM
Cost:
Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Organizer:
Greg
Phone:
212 620 7310 ext. 300
contact@bgsqd.com
Updated:
December 26, 2015
Venue:
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone:
212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Paris Louvre Michelangelo slave

 

Certain American museums, like the Met or the MFA in Boston, have great collections of art on gay themes. There are also of course museums like this in Europe, and the greatest of all is the Louvre. Its excellent Greek, Roman, and Italian Renaissance collections are full of works that refer to the gay side of their cultural moments, such as the museum’s *four* statues or busts of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s lover Antinous and the most rapturously languorous of Michelangelo’s captives. The museum also contains great collections of French historical pieces and patriotic works of the Napoleonic period, and both of these also contain fascinating gay themed works. A gay tour of the museum turns up many surprises and speaks to us of many centuries of gay history.
 
Image: Michelangelo Buonarroti. Captive (The Rebellious Slave). Marble. After 1513. H. 2.09 m. Louvre

 

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Dr. Andrew Lear is a world renowned expert on sexuality in ancient art and the author of Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods (Routledge 2008). He is also the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the world’s first gay history and art tour company. Oscar Wilde Tours gives gay art tours of the Metropolitan Museum, called “Gay Secrets of the Met” and will launch a gay tour of the Louvre this August as part of its Gay London/Gay Paris tour.

 
 
 
 

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