Homosexuality in Art

Homosexuality in Art

  • Posted on: May 9, 2014
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Controversy has followed the exploration of homosexuality since time immemorial. It has come to the fore in recent years with the ongoing marriage and equality debate and political developments relating to gay rights taking place all over the world. In Art, it served as an avenue utilised by artists to shock and protest. This tradition continues till today.

Artsome picks ten examples of Homosexuality in Art from ancient as well as contemporary times.

Euaion Painter, Tondo of an Attic red-figure cup, Banquet scene: man reclining on a bench and youth playing the aulos. , 460-450 BC, Diameter: 31.1 cm (12.2 in). Currently in Louvre Museum, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities.


Unknown Artist, Fragment of a black-figure Attic cup, Pederastic erotic scene: intercrural sex between a teenager (on the left, with long hair) and a young man (on the right, with short hair)., 550–525 BC, Diameter: 5 ½ in. Currently in Louvre Museum ,Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities.


Estela Ortiz, Self Portrait, 2012, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm. On Massana School, Barcelona, Spain.


Gay Art World, 2008, Spain, watercolor.


Cassandra, Freedom To Love, 1996, bronze maquette, 7″ x 14″ x 6″.


Sascha Schneider, Untitled (study of a reclining male nude with tucked up legs), 1894, pencil and charcoal with white highlights on grey paper, 20.07 x 15.74″. Collection of Hans-Gerd Röder.


Sascha Schneider, Gefühl der Abhängigkeit (Feeling of Dependency),1894, chalk, charcoal and paints on cardboard, 27.55 x 19.09″. Collection of Hans-Gerd Röder.


Lorell Butler, Please Leave a Message, 1992, acrylic on wood, 48 x 48″.


Enrico Gomez, Untitled, 2003, pencil on paper, 10-7/8 x 1″.


Untitled, 1985, dated, signed graphite on paper, “Tom of Finland Preliminary Drawings” at Modern Art, London, 11 3/4 x 16 3/8″ Copyright Tom of Finland Foundation.