Browsing All Posts filed under »18th Century«

Spring Pastimes

December 5, 2010


Miyagawa Isshō's "Spring Pastimes" screen from c. 1750 shows a lot of men-on-men flirting and love-making.

Mit Verlangen

November 21, 2010


The giant of baroque religious music, J.S. Bach's musical justification of his style of composing is the cantata Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan. It includes as its centerpiece the homoerotic aria "Mit Verlangen."


November 20, 2010


19th century thief and transvestite/transsexual Lasse-Maja captivated the Swedish public with his escapades, and his charm eventually earned him his freedom.

Enderunlu Fazil

October 27, 2010


The 18th century Turkish poet Enderunlu Fazil describes the charms of youths from Aleppo to Zanzibar in his Book of the Handsome Ones.

Bi Yuan and Li Guiguan

October 26, 2010


The model for China's first gay novel, the real-life 18th century Bi Yuan and Li Guiguan were a gay couple long remembered for their fidelity.

Francesco Algarotti

October 17, 2010


Francesco Algarotti, sometime lover of Lord Hervey and Frederick the Great, was a key figure in spreading art, music and architecture criticism throughout 18th century Europe.

Cult of Kuttantavar

October 15, 2010


The cult of Kuttantavar, popular in Tamil Nadu, attracts tens of thousands of transsexuals to its age-old festival in the village of Koovagam. It also attracts the village men, who dress up like brides.