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  1. St Sebastian who was martyred about 1700 years ago at the very end of Pagan Romes Christian “Pogroms”, has been considered a Gay Icon since the Renaissance.

  2. Narcisse, Jean-Pierre Cortot, 1818

    The marble sculpture depicts a naked teenage boy sitting; whose elongated legs intersect on the ground.

    The weight of the raised bust is supported by one of the arms firmly placed on the ground, while the other arm is rest; the back of the hand barely touches the base. Ripples etched on a pedestal angle evoke
    the water. The young man’s head leans toward the liquid surface and his gaze seems to be lost in contemplation its image. He also smiles at her reflection address. The right hand almost suspended could let imagine that Narcissus comes to look again to capture his image water, while the rods placed near him to testify earlier attempts.

    Cortot chooses to represent Narcissus in all the youth of the face, beardless, and a flexible body hairline, barely out of childhood. He also chose the marble, sculptors usually destined to female figures and children. The body surface is smooth and shiny; movement of the torsion body created folds on the abdomen of the young man. Only curly hair create delicate shadows around the face, whose features are reminiscent of the canons of beauty of Greek statuary: long straight nose, eyelids
    slightly protruding without indication of the pupil, graceful mouth. Only a few veins of marble in homogeneous enliven the design of thin legs.

    This sculpture has a unique perspective on the Narcissus face. However the sculptor granted the importance of the back of the character, whose body contortion of movement allows a subtle treatment volumes, shoulder blades, skeleton can be made out under the skin.

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