As a motif, men who bathe have the capacity to make nudity at once more noticeable and less formal. Recent Exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery. Vase painting was widely used in order to represent this link between eroticism and its social significance: The Second Industrial Revolution and the reinforcement of middle-class regime, along with the economic and social changes, brought to a reshape of the artist, who stopped relying on nobles and single-handedly started managing his activity on the market. Download Issue 37 US Letter, 2. Here, the naked men are remarkably well-trained, with chiseled bodies and wearing only thin cloths artfully draped and tied over their hips, although some also have stylish headgear that cover their heads. They should allow for queer presences to occur on their own terms rather than co-opt LGBT culture into their favored structures and forms of exposition.
But when the museum wanted to modernize its displays in the s, the aesthetic qualities of the painting were considered too weak, and it was sent off to the storage.
The Art of Looking at Naked Men: Queering Art History in Scandinavia
Issue 37 Queer Curating. Sadly, some matters that used to be dealt with during specific eras got unmentionable due to social conventions: On one hand, the situation can certainly be interpreted as a backlash against progressive trends in the institutions, but on the other, it can also be seen as a resistance against state agencies setting agendas for cultural life. Their eyes are directed at the diver, but the figure is indistinctly painted, occupying more or less the background. But when the museum wanted to modernize its displays in the s, the aesthetic qualities of the painting were considered too weak, and it was sent off to the storage.
Historic accounts concerning Jansson often emphasize how eagerly and enthusiastically he indulged in the bathhouses of Stockholm. The National Library, Stockholm. Drapes, instruments and detailed elements compose its background. As a curator and museum director, the artwork made clear to me that the most important reason for letting an artist take on historical material was to capture aspects of this alternative, emotional archive. The resulting artistic style resembled the classic and Hellenic tradition, but its ethnic and historical context shows some differences: Following a chronological order, we can detect the first examples of homoerotic artworks during Ancient Greecewhose social and cultural context gave space to sexual representations and highlighted its carnal side. The Artistic Attractions of the Bath Male nudity in art has since antiquity been associated with divine and heroic beauty—paintings and sculptures filled with idealized and exquisite bodies.