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Medusa

Medusa

Artist: UnknownMedia: Painted terracottaDate & Location: Around 500 BC, ItalyWhere can I find this item?: The British MuseumImage Source: Photo by the author (This object was included in the exhibition “Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic” at the British Museum, which ran May 19th to September 25th 2022) ♥Trigger warnings for mentions of sexual assault♥ Significance to Queer …

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mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People): Resurgence of the People

mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People): Resurgence of the People

Artist: Kent Monkman (b. 1965)Media: Acrylic paint on canvasDate & Location: 2019, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Significance to Queer Art History Kent Monkman is a Cree artist who works across the media of painting, photography, performance, installation and film. He is known for his critical interventions into ‘canonical’ European and American art history that highlight colonial …

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Bust of Mary Berry

Bust of Mary Berry

Artist: Anne Seymour DamerMedia: BronzeDate & Location: c. 1793Image Source: National Portrait Gallery, London (Creative Commons License) ♥ This post was created by Professor Melissa Berry from the University of Victoria, Art History and Visual Studies Department, who volunteered to be a guest author for Queer Art History this month! ♥ Significance to Queer Art History British-born Anne …

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Brass of Agnes Oxenbridge and Elizabeth Etchingham

Brass of Agnes Oxenbridge and Elizabeth Etchingham

Artist: Unknown (London Workshop F)Media: BrassDate & Location: c. 1480, Etchingham Parish, SussexImage Source: Wikimedia Commons Significance to Queer Art History Etchingham Parish and The Brass of Agnes Oxenbridge and Elizabeth Etchingham is where this art historian dreams of making a lesbian pilgrimage. This brass is a memorial commemorating two women who were buried together …

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GATE 门, 1999

GATE 门, 1999

Artist: XiyadieMedia: Papercut, Water-Based Dye, and Chinese Pigments using Xuan PaperDate & Location: 1999, BeijingImage Source: Nome Gallery. Photo by Gianmarco Bresadola. Significance to Queer Art History Xiyadie (pseudonym) is the first known queer artist to carry on the traditional practice of papercutting in China, which has its roots in the Eastern Han Dynasty (Bao, 157 and Nome …

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Sponsa Christi (Brides of Christ)

Sponsa Christi (Brides of Christ)

Artist: Unknown(From a late thirteenth-century copy of William of Waddington’s Manuel des pechiez/Manual of the Sins)Media: Manuscript Illumination (ink and pigment on parchment)Date & Location: c. 1280, EnglandWhere can I see this artwork?: Princeton Library, Special Collections, Taylor MS. 1, folio 44 recto (this whole manuscript has also been digitized for online viewing) Significance to Queer Art History Both …

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Did you meet any malagas? (book cover)

Did you meet any malagas? (book cover)

Artist: Gary LeeMedia: Sketch on paperDate & Location: 1993, Larrakia Territory, Darwin, AustraliaWhere can I see this artwork?: Book cover of Did you meet any malagas?: A homosexual history of Australia’s tropical capital by Dino Hodge Significance to Queer Art History ‘Malagas’ means ‘men.’ Dino Hodge’s Did you meet any malagas? is a collection of oral histories intended to …

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Mary Høeg & Bolette Berg in the Boat

Mary Høeg & Bolette Berg in the Boat

Artist: Mary HøegMedia: PhotographyDate & Location: c. 1895-1903, Horton, NorwayWhere can I see this artwork?: Preus Museum, Norway Significance to Queer Art History Mary Høeg was a Norwegian suffragette and photographer. This is a photograph (described to me as an early “selfie of sorts”) of her and her partner, Bolette Berg. It is part of …

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Le Roman de Silence

Le Roman de Silence

Artist: UnknownAuthor: Heldris de CornuälleDate & Location: Early 13th Century, FranceMedia: Pigment on vellum (calf skin) Significance to Queer Art History The French narrative Le Roman de Silence was written by Heldris de Cornuälle in the 13th century. This is the only known surviving copy, also from the early 13th century, which exists between the …

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Blackout

Blackout

BlackoutArtist: Indira AllegraDate & Location: 2015, DigitalMedia: Digital Weaving Installation, Dimensions Variable Significance to Queer Art History In Indira Allegra’s online portfolio this work is described as: … a large scale video text/ile installation studying the weave structure of police uniforms alongside statements made by families of those lost to police violence including: Aiyana Stanley-Jones (7), Tamir Rice …

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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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