@33: Reg Eur, that was what I had been taught. Michaelangelo was a Renaissance sculptor, inspired by the Classical Greeks, who associated large penises (at least in sculpture) with more animalistic men, and small penises with more noble-born and also refined men. This
is a helpful read and it starts with a close-up of Michaelangelo's David
's out-of-proportion, small dick to illustrate. Actually, David
is unrealistic in other ways: his hands are disproportionately large, because the statue is about the moment when he was about to take down Goliath.
I don't have an opinion on Michaelangelo's sexuality, and I don't think it makes a difference to understanding his art. The only reason I can suppose it's relevant is that historically under-represented populations (in this case the LGBT, especially the G
) should see themselves represented and those representatives should be positive. So if that community wants to claim Michaelangelo as one of theirs, fine.
I also think that Dan's overriding an actual art historian in favor of Google, and dismissing the responses he didn't like because he wants the famous artist to have been gay was insulting. Particularly now, when we live in an era where opinions and beliefs count for more than facts or when the very idea
of "facts" is that they are just opinions arising from worldviews and political bias, I think a man who is on the editorial staff of a newspaper should not be suggesting that scholars' research holds as much weight as the contents of a Google search that you happen to agree with. That's a dangerous attitude.
Lastly, the idea that anyone can know the sexuality of anyone else, especially someone who lived over 450 years ago, in a time and culture that may have had different notions of sexuality and sexual orientation than we do and to which we are not privy, simply by looking at their artistic output and seeing the skill and talent of the artist and then deciding that said artist was probably suffering from internalized homophobia, etc., is simply too silly to take seriously.