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Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof Terrace

Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof Terrace

Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof TerraceArtist: Ustad (Master) RuknuddinDate & Location: c. 1666, BikanerMedia: Watercolour, ink, and gold on paperWhere can I see this artwork? Metropolitan Museum of Art (not currently on display) Significance to Queer Art History A piece such as Ladies of the Zenana on a Roof Terrace makes us ask the question: what qualifies …

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Saint Wilgefortis

Saint Wilgefortis

It is my sincere pleasure to introduce you — my sparkly, queer, and quarantined friends — to my favourite medieval Catholic saint. Date & Location: 1678, (currently) Städtisches Museum, Braunschweig, Germany Artist: Unknown Media: I believe it is pigments and ink on a wooden panel, but I will keep investigating! I wanted to get her …

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Creation of Adam — Sistine Ceiling (1508-1512)

Creation of Adam — Sistine Ceiling (1508-1512)

Date & Location:1508-1512 in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Artist:Michelangelo Buonarroti Media:Fresco (paint applied to still-wet plaster, once dried it becomes integral to the wall) Significance to Queer Art History:Michelangelo has become iconic as a “gay man” with a place in the “Canon” of Art History. Renaissance Italy was a very homosocial culture …

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Joyene Nazatul

Joyene Nazatul

To Mum (Love, Me) Artist (director): Joyene Nazatul Date & Location: 2015, Singapore Media: Film Where can I see this artwork?: viddsee.com/video/to-mum-love-me Significance to Queer Art History: Joyene Nazatul is a non-binary multidisciplinary artist hailing from the tiny island state of Singapore. Joyene was a filmmaker and writer who currently spends most of their time creating furniture in their …

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Ethel May (Monte) Punshon (1882-1989)

Ethel May (Monte) Punshon (1882-1989)

UntitledArtist: Ethel May (Monte) PunshonDate & Location: c. 1923-mid 1950s, Australia.Media: Scrapbook (newspaper clippings, primarily)Where can I see this artwork? Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Significance to Queer Art History Monte Punshon’s two scrapbooks are a collection of clippings many of which focus on women in same-sex relationships and women challenging gender norms. She was …

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Grant Wood (1891-1942)

Grant Wood (1891-1942)

Arnold Comes of Age Artist: Grant Wood Date & Location: 1930, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Media: Oil Painting Where can I see this artwork?: Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska Previously part of Hide/Seek: Differences in American Portraiture in association with the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Significance to Queer Art History: Painted in the same year …

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Juliana Huxtable (1987-

Juliana Huxtable (1987-

Untitled (In the Rage) Nibiru Cataclysm Artist: Juliana Huxtable Date & Location: 2015, New York City, NY (USA) Media: Photography Where can I see this artwork?: Guggenheim Museum, NYC Significance to Queer Art History: Juliana Huxtable is an intersex and transgender visual artist, performer,writer, and DJ. In her multidisciplinary career she often conveys her ideas …

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Grotta dell’Addaura Cave Painting (11,000 BCE)

Grotta dell’Addaura Cave Painting (11,000 BCE)

Date & Location: 10,000 BCE in Mount Pellegrino in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. Media: Painting Significance to Queer Art History: This cave painting was found in 1953 in Mount Pellegrino by archaeologist Jole Bovio Marconi after an explosion uncovered part of the site during the Allied Invasion of Sicily in World War II. The writings …

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Achilles Binding Patroclus’ Wounds (500 BCE)

Achilles Binding Patroclus’ Wounds (500 BCE)

Achilles Binding Patroclus’ Wounds Artist: Sosias Painter Date & Location: 500 BCE in Greece Media: Painted Pottery (Kylix Vase) Where can I see this artwork?: Antikensammlung in Berlin, Germany Significance to Queer Art History: Achilles and Patroclus, are one of the most celebrated male warrior pairs in Greek literature after the Trojan War. Achilles is …

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Il Sodoma (1477-1549)

Il Sodoma (1477-1549)

Giovanni Bazzi, also known as Il Sodoma. (A mocking name aimed at Bazzi’s homosexuality that Bazzi later began to embrace) was a painter of the Italian renaissance, born in Savoy, Italy.  He was influenced by the prior works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael in his historical, mythical, and religious frescoes. Featured Artwork: Marriage of …

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