Friday, February 01, 2008

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) 1591-1666

Guercino - Fame with Honour and Virtue

St Sebastian tended by two angels

Flaggelation of Christ

Richard G. Mann has written that the Italian artist Guercino "fused spirituality and homoerotic desire in many of his paintings of religious subjects."

Guercino was the first to come up with the idea of Saint Sebastian Tended by Two Angels. These were young male angels. Previously, Saint Sebastian would have been tended by Saint Helen and her maid.

Reportedly, Guercino was keen on beautiful male angels and cute looking putti.

In Saint Gregory the Great with Saints Ignatius and Francis Xavier, Richard G Mann points out that two putti "embrace playfully in the heavens ... one of the putti, who has a notably erect penis, gazes seductively down at Gregory."

Mann writes that in Flagellation of Christ, Christ's tormenter "gently lifts up some of his hair as he gazes intently at him with an expression encompassing both compassion and desire." (Guercino)


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