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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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Michael Page- Bisexual Pride Flag (1998)

Michael Page- Bisexual Pride Flag (1998)

Michael Page is a Florida based bisexual activist, creator of BiCafe (closed) and BiNet USA volunteer. Featured Artwork: Bisexual Pride Flag Date and Location: December 5, 1998 in Florida, USA Significance to Queer Art History: The Bisexual Pride flag was created by Michael Page and debuted on December 8, 1998 on BiCafe . com (now defunct.) …

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Marilyn Roxie- Non-Binary Pride Flag (2011)

Marilyn Roxie- Non-Binary Pride Flag (2011)

Marilyn Roxie is a genderqueer writer, musician, and digital media designer. They, created genderqueerid.com/ on Tumblr while attending San Francisco City College. Roxie, along with being a designer and musician, manages an online record label called Vulpiano Records. They currently attend San Francisco State University for Digital Media and Emerging Technologies. Learn more about them …

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Mike Caffee- Fe-Be’s Leather David (1966)

Mike Caffee- Fe-Be’s Leather David (1966)

Featured Artwork: Fe-Be’s Leather David Date & Location: 1966 in San Francisco, CA (USA) Media: Plaster Where can I see this artwork?: The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, CA (USA) Significance to Queer Art History:  Created originally on commission for Fe-Be’s, the first leather bar on Folsom Street in San Francisco, CA. This was a …

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Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Featured Artwork: The Musicians Media: Oil Paint Date and location: 1595 in Rome Where can I find this artwork?: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY (USA) Significance to Queer Art History: Caravaggio’s work, characterized by his dramatic chiaroscuro technique (chiaroscuro uses dramatic lights and darks to model the figures coming out of the …

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Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas is a black queer artist who uses mixed media to create large pieces of her muses, mostly black women from different races, sexualities, gender identities, and expressions. Featured Artwork: Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires (Translates to: Two Black Women) Date & Location: (2013) by Mickalene Thomas (Born 1971) Media: Photography, collage, and woodblock print processes …

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Muhammad Qasim- Shah Abbas I with a Page

Muhammad Qasim- Shah Abbas I with a Page

Featured Artwork: Shah Abbas I with a Page Media: Miniature Ink and paint illustration Date and location: 1627 in the Persian Empire (Now Iran) Where can I find this artwork?: The Louvre in Paris France in Islamic Art: The Modern Empires (1500–1800) Significance to Queer Art History:  This miniature illustration depicts Shah Abbas I of Persia …

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ACT UP Los Angeles- Sir Lady Java

ACT UP Los Angeles- Sir Lady Java

Featured Artwork: Sir Lady Java poster by ACT UP Los Angeles Date and location: Los Angeles, CA (USA) (1990) Significance to Queer Art History: This poster is a piece of “artivism” used by ACT UP Los Angeles that features a painting of Sir Lady Java (1943- ), a black transgender performer who was prominent in the …

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Gustave Courbet- Le Sommeil (The Sleepers)

Gustave Courbet- Le Sommeil (The Sleepers)

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was known for his realistic depictions humans and his sometimes even “gritty” depictions of life and the body as seen through the eye. During his time as a realist, women’s rights movements in the US and across some of Europe were just getting into their places of mobilization. While many men at …

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Herbert Singleton- Love that not Love

Herbert Singleton- Love that not Love

Featured Artwork:  Love That Not Love Date and Location: 1990 in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) Media: Acrylic paint on carved wood Where can I see this artwork?: Displayed in the past at the New Orleans Old Mint Museum as part of the exhibition, titled: Soul of the South: Selections from the Gitter-Yellen Collection. On display: November …

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Greer Lankton (1958-1996)

Greer Lankton (1958-1996)

Greer Lankton was an American Artist based in East Village in New York City. She created and re-purposed dolls as expressions and interpretations of herself, her imagination, friends, and influential celebrities. Lankton, a transgender woman, was born in 1958 and physically transitioned and was subject of a few news articles in this time before college …

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Titian- Diana and Actaeon

Titian- Diana and Actaeon

Titian (1488-1576) , born in Venice, Italy as  Tiziano Vecellio or Tiziano Vecelli was known as the greatest renaissance painter of the Venetian school of art. His works centered on common catholic religious art and classical scenes from Greek and Roman mythology as the aesthetics and lore of ancient Greece and Rome were popularized once more during the Italian …

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