Homosexuality in Art (Temporis Collection) by James Smalls

By James Smalls

This ebook isn't a panegyric of homosexuality. it's a clinical learn led by means of Professor James Smalls who teaches artwork background within the prestigious college of Maryland, Baltimore.
Abandoning all classical clichés and sociological techniques, the writer highlights the sensibility specific to homosexuals.
This ebook examines the method of construction and permits one to appreciate the contribution of homosexuality to the evolution of emotional notion. In a time whilst all boundaries were triumph over, this research bargains a brand new realizing of our civilisation’s masterpieces.

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Of all the church fathers, it was Saint Augustine who held the longest influence over sexual attitudes in the Christian West. Around 400 AD, Augustine launched an attack against classical myth and attempted to “correct” its immoral pagan aspects. Relying heavily on the Old Testament, he insisted that all non-procreative forms of sexual gratification were wrong because their sole goal was pleasure and not propagation of the species. Between the fourth and fifteenth centuries, most of art was produced under church patronage, and even private commissions were often mandated to have religious themes.

Her words are of longing and despair—extolling passion and jealousy driven by desire. Most of the poems are fragmentary and available only in ancient copies. Only one poem survives completely intact. Despite the obvious homoerotic nature of her poetry, most ancient writings about Sappho’s life only sporadically mention her homosexuality. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, she was promoted as a married bisexual woman. The story of her dramatic suicide over a man named Phaon, a ferryman of great beauty, became legendary.

The Old Testament books of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, as well as Deuteronomy 22:5 and 23:18, were interpreted as expressly forbidding male homosexuality, transvestism and prostitution. (Johansson and Percy, in Bullough and Brundage, 160). In the early church, before tradition or canonical texts became fixed, most people accepted the Judaic view that homosexuality, like infanticide, was a very grave sin. 161) The epistles of Saint Paul, heavily influenced by Judaic thought, comprise one third of the New Testament and are the earliest of preserved Christian writings.

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