"The Siesta", by Dutch artist Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, part of "The Other's Gaze. Spaces of difference" organized by the Prado Museum until September 10, 2017.
AFP / Prado Museum
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Throughout the ages, from the ancient Greeks to the Renaissance, 18th-century Japan to America's First Nations, gays, lesbians and transgender people have been a feature of art, and life.Titled "The Other's Gaze," the exhibition includes a bust of Aristogeiton, who with his lover Harmodius was feted in ancient Athens, paintings by Sandro Botticelli, accused of sodomy, and work by 19th-century French artist Rosa Bonheur, who openly lived with a woman.The Prado also wants to tell the stories of some of the personalities who created the art on show.According to Parkinson, in Japan "male-male love was culturally valued," from the samurai world to that of actors. He reproduces a woodblock print by the 18th-century artist Suzuki Harunobu depicting a scene of gay sex.Another artist shows two women together, using a sex toy.
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