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Hottest Statue?

I'll start us off with the David, just to give the art historians among us something to start from. I love statues. Especially photographing them. I admire sculpture so much. Blows my mind, really. Anyway, I went to Italy one summer and it's such an erotic country. All those statues and their beautiful bodies kept me in a constant state of arousal, as did some of the men, and the pizza, and the Arno. Anyway, uhhhhhhh, hot statues please!

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by Anonymousreply 22110 hours ago

Apparently OP is not a size queen.

by Anonymousreply 103/25/2020

Not quite a statue (so shoot me already) but lots of hot men in Russian workers' friezes.

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by Anonymousreply 203/25/2020

Laocoön and his sons. A muscular, mature man with a beard. One of those things I saw at an early age and knew I wasn’t like most of the other boys. Yeah, I know it’s about suffering and stuff but I guess I figured I could alleviate some of it.

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by Anonymousreply 303/25/2020

Incidentally, great idea for a thread OP.

by Anonymousreply 403/25/2020

perhaps not a best thread for DL

“Greeks associated small and non-erect penises with moderation, which was one of the key virtues that formed their view of ideal masculinity,” explains classics professor Andrew Lear, who has taught at Harvard, Columbia and NYU and runs tours focused on gay history. “There is the contrast between the small, non-erect penises of ideal men (heroes, gods, nude athletes etc) and the over-size, erect penises of Satyrs (mythic half-goat-men, who are drunkards and wildly lustful) and various non-ideal men. Decrepit, elderly men, for instance, often have large penises.” Grant Mitchell/ Athens Archaeological Museum/ Creative Commons Statue of the satyr Silenus, a companion of the god of wine.

Similar ideas are reflected in ancient Greek literature, says Lear. For example, in Aristophanes’ Clouds a large penis is listed alongside a “pallid complexion,” a “narrow chest,” and “great lewdness” as one of the characteristics of un-athletic and dishonorable Athenian youths.

Only grotesque, foolish men who were ruled by lust and sexual urges had large penises in ancient Greece. Art history blogger Ellen Oredsson notes on her site that statues of the era emphasized balance and idealism.

“The ideal Greek man was rational, intellectual and authoritative,” she wrote. “He may still have had a lot of sex, but this was unrelated to his penis size, and his small penis allowed him to remain coolly logical.”

There are several theories as to why the “ideal” penis size developed from small in ancient Greece to large today. Lear suggests that perhaps the rise of porn, or an ideological push to subject men to the same body shaming that women typically face, are behind the modern emphasis on having a large penis.

But Lear adds that in both societies, ideas about penis size are completely “unrelated to reality or aesthetics.” Contrary to popular myth, there’s no clear evidence that a large penis correlates with sexual satisfaction. Nor is there proof that a small penis is a sign of moderation and rationality.

“Greek men saw each other nude all the time in the gymnasium, so they must have been aware, at some level, that not every admirably moderate man had a small penis, and not every immoderate, cowardly, drunken man a large one,” adds Lear.

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by Anonymousreply 503/25/2020

Le génie du mal or The Genius of Evil, known informally as Lucifer or The Lucifer of Liège, by Guillaume Geefs.

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by Anonymousreply 603/25/2020

Older thread on hot statues

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by Anonymousreply 703/25/2020

ditto to Laocoon, I remember getting a hard on in Art History when the professor put the slide up. Hot daddy with an amazing body, and the two lithe boys that get to be there with him.

by Anonymousreply 803/25/2020

the two golden young men, to be so close to Laocoon’s firm nude body, and be near his adult manly penis, with no shame, just love

by Anonymousreply 903/25/2020

Here's another thing about that statuary. It's theorized that they weren't always white in color. They were painted. I'd have love to have seen the one of David all painted. I picture slightly olive colored skin and hazel eyes. sort of like mine.

Only difference whilst I too am majority Mediterranean is I also have hair everywhere. I chalk it up to having 250 Neandthal variants in my DNA.

by Anonymousreply 1003/25/2020

R10, you're thinking of ancient Egyptian statues. They were painted. Michelangelo - who sculpted the David - sculpted out of incredibly high-quality pieces of marble, and he didn't paint his work.

by Anonymousreply 1103/25/2020

These were pretty hot for their time.

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by Anonymousreply 1203/25/2020

"Only grotesque, foolish men who were ruled by lust and sexual urges had large penises in ancient Greece."

Evidence that ancient Greece was not only completely ruled by men, in terms of politics, fashion, social mores, it was ruled by Tops.

by Anonymousreply 1303/25/2020

I always loved this Roman statue, "The Dying Gaul".

Greek and Roman art usually depicted Greek and Roman men with carefully styled hair, smooth faces and bodies, and features ironed into whatever was fashionable at the time. But this statue is of a man with shaggy hair and a pornstache, as well as lots of beautifully displayed muscles, he just looks butcher than his civilized contemporaries.

Pity about the size, though.

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by Anonymousreply 1403/25/2020

R10 and R11, ancient Greek and Roman statues were painted, same as Egyptian, art historians have done molecular analysis of microscopic paint fragments to show us what the things originally looked like. And all the re-creations look absolutely hideous.

Renaissance sculptors used plain white marble, because they were trying to imitate the ancient Greek and Roman statues visible in their day. What they saw had either been weathering or buried for centuries, which had gotten rid of all the tacky paint, so as far as they knew white marble was the only way to go.

Oh and BTW, the statuary on the Gothic cathedrals of the middle ages were also painted.

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by Anonymousreply 1503/25/2020

Arno Breker's stuff - though he did a lot of Nazi commissions.

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by Anonymousreply 1603/25/2020

I like this statue of Pan in Oslo, Norway. No city in the US would dare put up a statue of a naked man with an erection in their town square!

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by Anonymousreply 1703/25/2020

The Farnese "Hercules" is pretty hot.

Am I remembering correctly, isn't there a statue of Hercules where his elbow is resting on a short column?

by Anonymousreply 1803/25/2020

R15, that's absolutely right. But Michelangelo and other Renaissance sculptors didn't paint their statues, and the David was not painted. That's all I was trying to say. You seem to want to refute me, but we agree on this.

by Anonymousreply 1903/25/2020

Please, who posted that nazi shit? Seriously, there's plenty of really hot statues, don't bother us with that crap. Yes, R16, that was for you.

by Anonymousreply 2003/25/2020

There's a troll who sneaks his Nazi propaganda into completely unrelated threads. FF his ass.

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Your mother gives head to statues.

by Anonymousreply 2303/25/2020

Sculpture scene from "Pride and Prejudice" shot at Chatsworth, the ancestral home of the Duke of Devonshire. During the extras on the DVD, the director, Joe Something or Other, stated that each one was worth in excess of $20 Million. I'm especially partial to the "Veiled Lady" sculpture.

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by Anonymousreply 2403/25/2020

Much of Arno Breker's work is homoerotic. As I mentioned in my post, he received a lot of Nazi commissions, but he was a successful sculptor before the Third Reich and (unlike someone like Leni Riefenstahl) continued to receive international commissions for the rest of his life (he died in 1991). There is also an Arno Breker museum in Germany that was opened in 1985 - Riefenstahl's works, on the other hand, are prohibited in Germany. I am not some Nazi troll.

by Anonymousreply 2503/25/2020

The Barberini Faun.

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by Anonymousreply 2603/25/2020

I always thought the Pieta depiction of Jesus as quite beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 2703/25/2020

He's covered-up, but maybe this guy. Center piece (?) of Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.

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by Anonymousreply 2803/25/2020

That would be Neptune, R28

I've always been partial to Herakles the Archer by Bourdelle

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by Anonymousreply 2903/25/2020

Angel at the Sepulchre by Erastus Down Palmer.

He's strong and handsome and very hot.

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by Anonymousreply 3003/25/2020

Threads like this are why I love the Datalounge!

A perfect mixture of erudition and horndoggery.

by Anonymousreply 3103/25/2020

Thanks R5 for Lear’s analysis.

Relating statuary penis size to Greek ideals makes a lot of sense. Our obsession with large penises may similarly be linked to capitalist ideal of the bottom line and the bottomless greed.

One wishes Lear were on here.

by Anonymousreply 3203/25/2020

All the classics have micro peens. Why is this?

by Anonymousreply 3303/25/2020

R32, in our case it's not bottomless greed, it's *bottom* greed.

by Anonymousreply 3403/25/2020

R33 - for crying out loud, read the thread. There's a response all about this.

by Anonymousreply 3503/25/2020

It also occurs to me, r5 et al, that the purpose of the commissioning of these statues needs to be taken in account. Perhaps Lear talks about it?

For works that are paid for by the people in authority and commissioned from the finest artists, they were meant to project power, awe, respect, admiration, worship etc I would imagine.

It would not do to display large penises or anything that would be considered pornographic or elicit schoolboy titters. Private collections of pornography in ancient cultures show large erections in lascivious depictions that are meant to excite carnal desire.

by Anonymousreply 3603/25/2020

One more observation and I’ll stop.

R24 is a work of vanity and not of art. It is a pale (sic) imitation of an ideal that is counter to the society of the artist. It is an untroubled work with. I character and no tension. In fact its value in currency is calculated and displayed. England after all was a nation of shopkeepers (Napoleon) with no mythology of its own (Forster).

Compare r24 to the Greek statues it copies from and aspires to. There is a superficiality in the English work. It is the work of a good craftsman. In the forearms of Jesus in pieta r27 one can even see the veins “under” the skin.

There probably were inferior commonplace works like r24 in the houses of minor officials in Greek times too. And pornography. Or pron as we’d have it.

by Anonymousreply 3703/25/2020

I saw this photos of Tom Daley a few years back and immediately thought of Rodin's Age of Bronze, so I made a panorama of the two.

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Rodin's "The Age of Bronze" fun facts

"Rodin had a Belgian soldier pose for the statue, keeping photographs which survive (in the Rodin Museum).

"When the statue was first exhibited at the 1877 Salon in Paris, France, Rodin was falsely accused of having made the statue by casting a living model, a charge that was vigorously denied. This charge benefited Rodin though, because people were so eager to see this for themselves."

i still like to believe that this was "life cast" (i.e, that Rodin applied wet plaster to the actual body of the belgian soldier.)

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R41 - I was going to post Kouros! (I used to have the cologne too!)

by Anonymousreply 4203/25/2020

There are many versions of "The Wrestlers" but this one is my favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 4303/26/2020

[quote]All those statues and their beautiful bodies kept me in a constant state of arousal

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 4403/26/2020

So the janitors got busy with a chisel and.....well, the teachers weren't offended anymore. The next day there was a sign on the statue that said: "Miss Sydney was here."

by Anonymousreply 4503/26/2020

R43 is forbidden to me

by Anonymousreply 4603/26/2020

Hermes of Praxiteles is one of my favourites.

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by Anonymousreply 4703/26/2020

I liked the curly hair. Did Grecians have curly hair back then, or is the curly hair symbolic of perhaps youth or something deific/transcendent? EDUCATE ME, NERDS!

by Anonymousreply 4803/26/2020

Here's another one for you, R46.

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They way they captured male beauty... FUCK. The feminine form barely mattered back then, but the men. I bet it's the muscles. Much more interesting to sculpt. More definition, and therefore skill required to emulate.

Men wrestling is a common visual theme throughout various forms of art and I LOOOOOOOVE it, cause you can go to museums and see them and all the straights hold their chins and go, [italic]hmmmmm[/italic], while I'm like, [italic]IS THERE ROOM FOR ONE MORE?![/italic]

by Anonymousreply 5003/26/2020

Perseus by Canova

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by Anonymousreply 5109/13/2020

Bearded Hercules statue at the Met.

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Canova's Perseus is actually quite underwhelming from the front, and I don't mean because of the tinymeat, I mean the under-defined muscles and the overly stylized pubic hair, the dull expression, all of it. He's a much more interesting sculpture from behind.

A metaphor for something, I'm sure.

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[quote]That would be Neptune, R28.

Nope. The central statue of the Trevi fountain is Oceanus.

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I quite like Seated Hermes.

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by Anonymousreply 5509/13/2020

R53, it is kind of cool, restrained, classical, correct, etc. but I like it. Kind of elegant.

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by Anonymousreply 5609/13/2020

Excellent choice, R6.

by Anonymousreply 5709/13/2020

i also like the one of jesus in his moms lap, at the vatican......reverent yet erotic


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“Spartacus” 1830, Denis Foyatier.

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Jason with the Golden Fleece - Bertel Thorvaldsen

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Theseus Temple, Volksgarten, Vienna

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Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus

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by Anonymousreply 6209/14/2020

I like him. Archimèdes, Simon-Louis Boquet, 1752 Musée du Louvre, Paris

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by Anonymousreply 6309/14/2020

[quote] All those statues and their beautiful bodies kept me in a constant state of arousal, as did some of the men, and the pizza, and the Arno.

I have to say, as far as sexually arousal goes with regards to rivers, the Arno did nothing for me. Maybe I'm unusual that way.

by Anonymousreply 6409/14/2020

Hadrian's Antinous

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Marble statue of a youthful Hercules A.D. 69–96

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Monument to the Fallen - Sculptor Francesco Paolo Como

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Walker Hancock - “Angel of the Resurrection” the Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial,1952

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by Anonymousreply 6809/14/2020

One of my professors told the class that Donatello's David was "obviously the work of a homosexual"....

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by Anonymousreply 6909/14/2020

Ares Borghese

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by Anonymousreply 7009/14/2020

I have to say that the effeminacy of that David statue turns me off, R69. Yes, I am a bad gay.

by Anonymousreply 7109/14/2020

Yeah, not a good look in 2020.

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Franz Metzner, Austrian Sculptor, 1870-1919

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Le Désespoir, Jean-Joseph Perraud, 1869 Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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Torso of a Hellenistic Ruler (or Hero), marble, Roman, after original around 160-140 BC. Altes Museum Berlin

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The back side is good too ^^

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R61 is Young Athlete by Josef Müllner, 1921. You can actually read the sign identifying it on google street view.

by Anonymousreply 7709/14/2020

I like this Diadoumenos in a museum in Athens more than the one at the Met.

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by Anonymousreply 7809/14/2020

The Ludovisi Mars.

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by Anonymousreply 8009/14/2020

The hot wetness of Neptune wasn’t found wanting.

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by Anonymousreply 8109/14/2020

The Belvedere Torso, in the Vatican Museum, from Rome, 1st c. BCE. This was apparently once a statue of the hero Ajax.

It was so beloved by Michelangelo that many of the paintings he did in the Sistine Chapel are based on it. (During his lifetimne, it was so associated with him that it was jokingly dubbed "School of Michelangelo"). it also hugely influenced Raphael as well.

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by Anonymousreply 8209/14/2020

Should have called this thread "cum gutters on parade"....

by Anonymousreply 8309/14/2020

Bernini's Triton Fountain, Rome.

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Neptune fountain in Bologna, Italy

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by Anonymousreply 8509/14/2020

The butt on the man in the lower section of the Mechanics' Monument on Market Street in San Francisco has been mucha dmired by gay men over the decades.

Apparently the sculptor did not intend for it to look so homoerotic.

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Statue of Alexander the Great in Istanbul Archaeology Museum

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Yugoslav partisan memorial, Tivoli Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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by Anonymousreply 8809/14/2020

I read somewhere that Greeks considered muscular glutes on a man to be representative of his virility, more so than the size of his genitalia.

by Anonymousreply 8909/14/2020

R89 - a big penis was considered vulgar and not in step with the ideals of Greek beauty. That’s what I tell everyone when I slip out of my under garments.

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Stadio dei Marmi, Foro Italico, Rome, 1931

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by Anonymousreply 9109/14/2020

Good choice, R14. So good, in fact, that I'm re-posting a picture of the Dying Gaul. I agree with your assessment of the statue's appeal. In addition, I love the lean, naturally athletic musculature, which is more appealing to me than some of the idealized classical sculptures that depict subjects who appear to have been the gymrats of antiquity.

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Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker, Antonio Canova, 1806

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Chief Solano by William Gordon Huff 1934

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by Anonymousreply 9409/14/2020

The Dead Pearl Diver by Benjamin Paul Akers.

The detail on the net is so amazing it adds to the sensuousness.

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by Anonymousreply 9509/14/2020

Los Portadores de la Antorcha ("The Torch Bearers") by Anna Hyatt Huntington 1955

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by Anonymousreply 9609/14/2020

Love the willy covering, R91.

by Anonymousreply 9709/14/2020

Hellenistic Prince

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Neptune fountain, Piazza Navona, Rome

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by Anonymousreply 9909/14/2020

Neptune was some alpha daddy back in the day.

by Anonymousreply 10009/14/2020

[quote]Neptune was some alpha daddy back in the day

The baroque drama of it all, fighting sea monsters!

by Anonymousreply 10109/14/2020

Atlantes cut out of grey granite after the models by sculptor Alexander Terebenev at the New Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg.

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by Anonymousreply 10209/14/2020

An obvious choice. Just block out the nude woman.

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by Anonymousreply 10309/14/2020

All the statues on Piazza della Signoria in Florence are hot

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My fave Giambolgna's Mercury aka FTD Florist.

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Allegory Statue of the Holy Roman Empire, Bosquet de l'Arc de Triomphe - Petit Parc du Château de Versailles

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by Anonymousreply 10609/14/2020

Yeah but he's a little too scrawny to be really hot, R105 / Sanjay.

by Anonymousreply 10709/14/2020

I really like that one, R106. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 10809/14/2020

Apollo attended by Nymphs by Girardon in the gardens of Versailles

More beautiful than hot.

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by Anonymousreply 10909/14/2020

Neptune is a hot daddy.

by Anonymousreply 11009/14/2020

[quote]That would be Neptune, [R28]

No, r29. You need to brush up on your Greek mythology. The central figure at the Trevi Fountain is not Neptune, but Oceanus.

by Anonymousreply 111Last Tuesday at 2:07 AM

This is Neptune at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

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by Anonymousreply 112Last Tuesday at 2:09 AM

And this is Oceanus at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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by Anonymousreply 113Last Tuesday at 2:11 AM

Amazing. Who were these sculptors??!! No one has surpassed them in all these years. There is no such thing as progress in art.

by Anonymousreply 114Last Tuesday at 2:25 AM

I want Neptune in me quite deeply.

by Anonymousreply 115Last Tuesday at 3:18 AM

Hot is in the eye of the beholder, but for sheer homoeroticism, I think it would be hard to top (no pun intended) Michelangelo's Dying Slave.

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by Anonymousreply 116Last Tuesday at 4:39 AM

Jupiter of Versailles

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by Anonymousreply 117Last Tuesday at 10:26 AM

Did these sculptors use live models?

by Anonymousreply 118Last Tuesday at 10:33 AM

Wouldn't a sculpture take too long for you to use a live model? Painting is usually much faster.

I believe the ancient Romans copied a lot of Greek statues they liked.

by Anonymousreply 119Last Tuesday at 10:46 AM

Modern sculptors also make a maquette first.

by Anonymousreply 120Last Tuesday at 10:50 AM

Aw. The naked guy has a sensitive side. How sweet.

The child Oedipus revived by the shepherd Phorbas by Antoine-Denis Chaudet

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by Anonymousreply 121Last Tuesday at 12:34 PM

They loved puny cocklets in the olden days.

by Anonymousreply 122Last Tuesday at 1:12 PM

R121 that shepherd's bush is executed deliciously.

by Anonymousreply 123Last Tuesday at 6:34 PM

I remember seeing a lot of dicks at the Met years ago.

by Anonymousreply 124Last Tuesday at 6:40 PM

Hahaha. Do you mean penises on statues or pretentious, annoying visitors, R124?

by Anonymousreply 125Last Tuesday at 6:47 PM

R17 I'm shocked, amazed and delighted. I guess the patina is affected by strangers fondling him.

Sydney has its own satyr near the Opera House but his flaccid penis is obscured his left leg.

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by Anonymousreply 126Last Tuesday at 7:00 PM

R125 To be clear, I meant the statues. I mean A LOT of dicks. I don't know if it was a dick expo or dick month, but it was getting me a bit hot and bothered. Especially seeing a dick on a 9 ft statue that is in proportion.

by Anonymousreply 127Last Tuesday at 7:06 PM

I agree, R123.

When I first saw a pic of this statue, I thought he looked like a naked construction worker because of the hat.

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by Anonymousreply 128Last Tuesday at 7:07 PM

Oh, I see, R127. Must have been fun.

I remember hearing about the Masculine / Masculine exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay. It was about the male nude in art. I don't know if it travelled to the U.S.

Overall, it seems to me the French are more reluctant to show male nudes in all their glory, ie. penises. The Italians seem to have no hang ups about it.

I would think the Vatican Museums would have tons of phalluses because of all the statues from Ancient Greece and Rome, unless many of them have fig leaves added later on by prudish clerics.

by Anonymousreply 129Last Tuesday at 7:16 PM

Do you remember what the name of the 9 foot statue was, R127?

by Anonymousreply 130Last Tuesday at 8:14 PM

Interesting R129 that the French would have hangups on nudity. You also just reinforce my desire to visit Italy for myriad penis and non-penis related reasons.

R130, you're asking a lot from me! Lol, it was years ago so I don't remember the name, but I believe it was a statue of a shiny black material. I don't think it was black marble because I don't remember seeing any veins on it. It was solid black. But I think it was a Grecian soldier or some sort of warrior.

Seemed nicely endowed for a statue.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Tuesday at 8:26 PM

The Genius of Electricity by Evelyn Beatrice Longman 1916

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by Anonymousreply 132Last Tuesday at 10:51 PM

Antonio Canova, Theseus and the Minotaur, 1781-3

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by Anonymousreply 133Last Tuesday at 11:19 PM

Mercury as the Roman god of commerce, 1780, by Augustin Pajou

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by Anonymousreply 134Last Tuesday at 11:25 PM

Achilles statue, Achilleion Palace, Corfu, Greece

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by Anonymousreply 135Last Tuesday at 11:55 PM

[quote] that shepherd's bush is executed deliciously.


by Anonymousreply 136Last Wednesday at 3:52 AM

The Barberini Faun looks like he just got a blow job. Supposedly, he was thrown down from Hadrian’s mausoleum (now Castel Sant’Angelo) during the Sack of Rome in 410, hopefully crushing an invading German or two. I love the statue. The whole Munich Antikensammlung is awesome.

by Anonymousreply 137Last Wednesday at 4:53 AM

R26, The Barberini Faun looks like he just got a blow job. Supposedly, he was thrown down from Hadrian’s mausoleum (now Castel Sant’Angelo) during the Sack of Rome in 410, hopefully crushing an invading German or two. I love the statue. The whole Munich Antikensammlung is awesome.

by Anonymousreply 138Last Wednesday at 5:52 AM

Braschi Antinous in Vatican Museums

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by Anonymousreply 139Last Wednesday at 4:08 PM

[quote]Interesting R129 that the French would have hangups on nudity. You also just reinforce my desire to visit Italy for myriad penis and non-penis related reasons.

Just my uninformed opinion. I'm definitely not an art expert. All the Italian paintings of the Madonna and Child make me uncomfortable. I'm not interested in seeing Christ's willy.

by Anonymousreply 140Last Wednesday at 4:11 PM

Antikythera Ephebe

His eyes are spooky but the rest of him is nice.

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by Anonymousreply 141Last Wednesday at 4:15 PM

La Marseillaise by François Rude, Arc de Triomphe

The young man forgot his clothes.

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by Anonymousreply 142Last Wednesday at 4:32 PM

R140 - the baby Jesus peen in those renaissance paintings actually had religious significance - proving that Jesus was equally man and God.

by Anonymousreply 143Last Wednesday at 4:38 PM

David by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1623, Galleria Borghese.

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by Anonymousreply 144Last Wednesday at 4:42 PM

Oh, I see, R143. Never thought of that. Thanks for the info.

by Anonymousreply 145Last Wednesday at 4:43 PM

The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini.

Renaissance and Baroque sculptors seemed to be into rape.

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by Anonymousreply 146Last Wednesday at 4:47 PM

Headless bronze dude from the Greek and Roman collection of the Met.

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by Anonymousreply 147Last Wednesday at 4:51 PM

Ludovisi Gaul

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by Anonymousreply 148Last Wednesday at 4:55 PM

David would not have had a foreskin.

by Anonymousreply 149Last Wednesday at 4:59 PM

Very good point. I guess Michelangelo wanted to give Italians something they were familiar with.

by Anonymousreply 150Last Wednesday at 5:05 PM

Why wouldn’t David have been circumcised? When did that custom begin for Jews?

by Anonymousreply 151Last Wednesday at 5:08 PM

Fuck, I’m blonde.

by Anonymousreply 152Last Wednesday at 5:08 PM

She's become a kitschy cliche, but the Statue of Liberty is really quite beautiful. She's modeled after the (now nonexistent) Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Severn Wonders of the Ancient World.

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by Anonymousreply 153Last Wednesday at 5:24 PM

[quote] Renaissance and Baroque sculptors seemed to be into rape.

It’s not RAPE rape. In the context of these sculptures, the word “rape” is used according to an archaic definition meaning “to seize and take away by force.“

by Anonymousreply 154Last Wednesday at 6:43 PM

Leda actually ENJOYED the time spent with the swan. So it was all ok.

by Anonymousreply 155Last Wednesday at 6:49 PM

Lol, R155.

by Anonymousreply 156Last Wednesday at 7:09 PM

I agree R153. The voluminous robes of the Statue of Liberty look rather dumpy but it is a very handsome head.

Quite masculine.

Virginia Woolf said the ideal of beauty was 'like a Greek statue' with a 'straight nose and straight brows'. I don't know if she was thinking of a particular Greek statue.

Does anyone here have any ideas on that subject??

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by Anonymousreply 157Last Wednesday at 7:10 PM

[quote]It’s not RAPE rape. In the context of these sculptures, the word “rape” is used according to an archaic definition meaning “to seize and take away by force.“

Yes, but surely men were abducting women to have sex with them against their will. In the case of Proserpina, it was probably a metaphor for the changing of the seasons. In the case of rape of the Sabine women, it was because Roman men wanted to have wives and to produce children. It sounds like RAPE rape to me.

by Anonymousreply 158Last Wednesday at 7:25 PM

Theseus and the Minotaur by François-Léon Sicard, 1926. Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park, in central Sydney.

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by Anonymousreply 159Last Wednesday at 7:27 PM

What happens when it's [bold]RAPE[/bold] RAPE rape?

by Anonymousreply 160Last Wednesday at 7:27 PM

or [italic]RAPE[/italic] [bold]RAPE[/bold] RAPE rape?

by Anonymousreply 161Last Wednesday at 7:28 PM

Excellent choice, R159. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 162Last Wednesday at 7:29 PM

[quote]David would not have had a foreskin.

I was going to say that the statue of David represented the Republic of Florence but according to wikipedia, it was given that symbolic meaning after it was completed.

by Anonymousreply 163Last Wednesday at 7:31 PM

R159 The Archibald Fountain in Sydney has another nude. It is Apollo, I think, but his hips are disproportionately narrow that they render him ugly.

The irony is that this park has three male nudes with exposed penises while the government was at the same time banning works by Bertrand Russell, A.S. Neill and D.H. Lawrence.

by Anonymousreply 164Last Wednesday at 7:50 PM

Diomedes at the Louvre

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by Anonymousreply 165Last Wednesday at 7:52 PM

Quite the looker.

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by Anonymousreply 166Last Wednesday at 7:53 PM

I saw David when I was on vacation years ago; he's much taller than you think he will be. Also, his penis is rather small for his height.

by Anonymousreply 167Last Wednesday at 8:05 PM

Sculpture by Amandus Adamson, 1903. Eliseyev Emporium, St Petersburg, Russia

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by Anonymousreply 168Last Wednesday at 8:05 PM

These statuesque statues are superb.

If I went to the Louvre I'd be hard pressed to restrain myself from clutching their thighs and caressing their smooth buttocks.

by Anonymousreply 169Last Wednesday at 8:11 PM

The Spirit of Justice is so hot, Ashcroft put her in a burqa because he hated being photographed in front of her big tits.

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by Anonymousreply 170Last Wednesday at 8:49 PM

R157, I like the draping, it's beautifully rendered.

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by Anonymousreply 171Last Wednesday at 8:55 PM

[quote]I saw David when I was on vacation years ago; he's much taller than you think he will be. Also, his penis is rather small for his height.

Perhaps Renaissance sculptors were influenced by the Ancient Greek aesthetic described by R5.

Or maybe if the penis was too attention grabbing, viewers would question the sexuality of the artist.

by Anonymousreply 172Last Wednesday at 8:55 PM

Also R157, you're referring to Wolfe's Jacob's Room. Check this out:

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by Anonymousreply 173Last Wednesday at 8:56 PM

One thing to remember about David: he's an adolescent (16 in the Bible), so not fully "grown." A great example of Michaelangelo's genius is the size of his hands and feet, showing him to still be in an awkward stage (as awkward as a boy that ripped can be).

by Anonymousreply 174Last Wednesday at 9:01 PM

Dear R173, thank you so much! I remember Virginia Woolf saying SOMEWHERE in her letters, diaries, novels and essays —I've read 75% of them— how she venerated 'the Greek look'.

And I know that people at that time (post-Charles Darwin) were talking about the 'science' of Phrenology and Physiognomy and how it influenced character. And I was trying to remember how the intellectual, unsensous, Virginia Woolf could justify saying that a beautiful face endowed one with a beautiful mind.

by Anonymousreply 175Last Wednesday at 9:06 PM

I cannot believe that none of you queens have suggested this Queen's statue. Where is your solidarity?

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by Anonymousreply 176Last Wednesday at 10:05 PM

Nah, this thread is about nude male statues, R176.

by Anonymousreply 177Last Wednesday at 10:09 PM

Rome, Italy: Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II - The Vittoriano - sculpture 'La Forza', by Augusto Rivalta

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by Anonymousreply 178Last Wednesday at 10:20 PM

Ooh lovely, R178. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 179Last Wednesday at 10:30 PM

Robert Graham (American sculptor, 1938-2008): Male athlete - part of Olympic Gateway (1984), Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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by Anonymousreply 180Last Wednesday at 10:31 PM

Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandinelli, Piazza della Signoria, Florence.

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by Anonymousreply 181Last Wednesday at 10:46 PM

Takashi Murakami, My Lonesome Cowboy

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by Anonymousreply 182Last Wednesday at 10:53 PM

An Athlete Wrestling with a Python, Sir Frederic Leighton, 1877, Tate Britain

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by Anonymousreply 183Last Wednesday at 11:09 PM

Progress statue, Victoria Memorial, London

Not nude but attractive.

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by Anonymousreply 184Last Wednesday at 11:16 PM

R167 David is HUGE! I love the pics of him getting cleaned because you really get an idea of his size by comparison.

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by Anonymousreply 185Last Thursday at 12:58 AM

[R132]: I used to see AT&T’s “Golden Boy,” a.k.a. “Genius of Electricity, when it was ensconced in the lobby of the AT&T building in Manhattan, on Madison Ave. at 55th St. It was restored and moved there when AT&T built an ostentatious new headquarters uptown, nicknamed the “Chippendale” building.

That statue has always been glorious, and its presentation on Mad. Ave. seemed more like an ancient temple than a lobby. But its life since the 80’s has been as wayward as its parent company, and, after many wanderings, it now resides in Dallas.

Google “AT&T’s Golden Boy Has Had a Tough Life...” for a more comprehensive chronicle of his travels.

There was a time in the U.S. when the classical served the commercial, and some great art was made, much of it by women, particularly sculptors.

by Anonymousreply 186Last Thursday at 2:40 AM

Statue of DL favorite Melania"

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by Anonymousreply 187Last Thursday at 2:56 AM

Mercury on the GCT clock

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by Anonymousreply 188Last Thursday at 5:54 AM

Why no body hair at all?

by Anonymousreply 189Last Thursday at 7:15 AM

R184 They don't have to be nude to be hot. "Manufacture", also from the Victoria Memorial, by Sir Thomas Brock, 1911

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by Anonymousreply 190Last Thursday at 7:51 AM

That's ^ a marvelous modern work but the Graham at r180 and the progress statue at r184 don't hold a candle to the classical ones. It seems stylization is the recourse for mediocrity. And forget the kitschy Leighton at r183.

by Anonymousreply 191Last Thursday at 9:01 AM

Miss Lindz illustration

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by Anonymousreply 192Last Thursday at 9:14 AM

9 Andrássy Avenue, Budapest, Hungary

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by Anonymousreply 193Last Thursday at 11:59 AM

This might be Cacus from the Hercules and Cacus statues in Florence mentioned earlier.

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by Anonymousreply 194Last Thursday at 9:38 PM

Hercules and Cacus

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by Anonymousreply 195Last Thursday at 9:39 PM

ATLAS (1937) Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan, Rockefeller Center

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by Anonymousreply 196Last Friday at 12:01 PM

Standing Schist Bodhisattva. Northwest Pakistan, Gandhara, 2nd-3rd century A.D.

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by Anonymousreply 197Last Friday at 9:27 PM

R196 The Rockefeller Atlas is what I meant by "It seems stylization is the recourse for mediocrity. "

by Anonymousreply 198Last Saturday at 12:05 AM

Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space is stylized and I think it's brilliant.

Isn't that like saying all Impressionist paintings are mediocre because they don't meticulously copy reality?

by Anonymousreply 199Last Saturday at 7:56 AM

R196 while it conveys strength and beauty is the Art Deco style (and its beautiful In its own way)< it does lack a pent up eroticism that has been noted on the prior pics. So, not mediocre, just different and sanitized for the great unwashed.

by Anonymousreply 200Last Saturday at 8:04 AM

Find your lovely man here

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by Anonymousreply 201Last Saturday at 8:05 AM

Poland. Sculptures at Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.

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by Anonymousreply 20219 hours ago

Are there Greek sculpture of man to man sex and male love

by Anonymousreply 20319 hours ago

There is the Warren Cup in the British Museum.

There must be paintings on Greek vases.

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by Anonymousreply 20419 hours ago

I doubt there are actual Greek sculptures of guys having intercourse.

by Anonymousreply 20519 hours ago

Statue of the Tiber River with Romulus and Remus (Louvre)

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by Anonymousreply 20619 hours ago

R204 love that Peeping Thomas. So sodomy was probably more discreet then than we think.

by Anonymousreply 20719 hours ago

I don't know much about homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome, R207. I believe it was more acceptable when the two males were not social equals, ie sex between master and slave, sex between an adult male and an underaged boy (ick). As fas as I know, sex between adult males who were both Greek or Roman citizens of equal social standing was more problematic. And being the passive partner was considered more shameful.

I've heard that sex between men and boys was mentioned many times in Greek literature so maybe it wasn't that stigmatized. I hope we're talking about boys 15 years or older, even though that is very creepy.

by Anonymousreply 20818 hours ago

Farnese Bull - National Archaeological Museum in Naples

The sculpture represents the myth of Dirce first wife of Lykos, King of Thebes. She was tied to a wild bull by Amphion and Zethus, the sons of Antiope, who wanted to punish Dirce for the ill-treatment inflicted on their mother.

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by Anonymousreply 20918 hours ago

[quote] If I went to the Louvre I'd be hard pressed to restrain myself from clutching their thighs and caressing their smooth buttocks.

Years ago I visited the Palazzo Altemps museum in Rome, dedicated to nothing but Greek and Roman statues; one of the rooms was actually free of cameras and since I was one of the very few visitors around I spent a few minutes feeling the statues up. And yes, it felt fucking amazing to touch something so old and beautiful. I touched a couple of those cute cocklets too. But here's something that museums rarely tell you - the dicks on these ancient statues are rarely the original ones. Most of the statues were discovered "castrated" so many of the penises we see today were added only in the Renaissance era.

Anyway, here's my contribution to the thread: the hot fascist statue from Rome's EUR district.

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by Anonymousreply 21017 hours ago

The Hermes of Praxiteles excited me when I was a teen. Even though some parts are broken off, it was still exciting to look at it.

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by Anonymousreply 21117 hours ago

[quote]Are there Greek sculpture of man to man sex and male love

Of course, there are numerous statues of Antinous, Hadrian's lover, by himself.

by Anonymousreply 21216 hours ago

R51 I agree that Perseus is a standout at the NY Met. However it's a replica of Canova's famed marble of Perseus in the Vatican

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by Anonymousreply 21316 hours ago

I didn't mean statues like of Antinous by himself. I meant of two or more men with a homosexual theme. Sorry if I wasn't clear.

by Anonymousreply 21416 hours ago

No, I understood what you meant R214. I couldn't think of any examples.

This article from "The Advocate" might be worth looking at. I guess Nisus and Euryalus (though Virgil described their love as "pious"), Orestes and Pylades, and Harmodius and Aristogeiton fit the bill. Love all these ancient Greek or Roman names.

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by Anonymousreply 21514 hours ago

Probably no statues of men having sex. The ancients would rather look at Pan having sex with a female goat, like the statue that was unearthed in Herculaneum.

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by Anonymousreply 21614 hours ago

Great choice, R210. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 21714 hours ago

Haven't you people ever seen A Clockwork Orange before?

Check and mate, my tasteful friend.

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by Anonymousreply 21813 hours ago

Nah. That just looks like an oversized sex toy. No creativity there.

by Anonymousreply 21913 hours ago

Cupid and Mars by Mathieu Kessels, Chatsworth House

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by Anonymousreply 22011 hours ago

Some classical statue at the Met.

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