Painting Unmentionable Love: Károly Ferenczy’s Homoerotic Aestheticism
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Hence, Ferenczy was known to the public as an Impressionist or plein-airist, as a painter of sunny landscapes. This shift of emphasis leads to surprising results. Maybe he was preoccupied with something else — with the human body, with sensuality and desire, and with the representation of unattainable ideal beauty. Only to Hungarian art historians, it seems.
Hercules in Italian Renaissance art: masculine labour and homoerotic libido. Writers like the late fourteenth-century Chancellor of Florence Coluccio Salutati, or the early sixteenth-century Dutch priest Desiderius Erasmus held Hercules up as an exemplar of tireless effort and moral strength. Allegorically, he was regarded as the vanquisher of passion and vice, politically, as the potent foe of rebellion or tyranny. Instead, this study takes neither classically informed political values nor the spectacle of masculinity for granted, and it considers personal as well as public resonances of the popular imagery.
The pages of art history books are filled with images of the female nude, a trope that occupies the frames of masterpieces by Edouard Manet, Gustav Klimt, Willem do Kooning and many others. Reclining, reposing or standing proudly in the center of a canvas, the naked form of a woman has been used to convey allegory, pathos and pure beauty for some time. Of course, if you take a magnifying glass to the art history timeline, it doesn't take long to find more than a handful of artists who, in separate eras and movements, turned their eye to the male nude as a source of inspiration and an objet d'art in itself. Painters like Michelangelo, John Singer Sargent and Egon Schiele surely did it, with varying degrees of sexualization and homoeroticism packaged within.