Two homoerotic angels for a Sunday morning

(Warning: There will be genitally explicit male nude art works, if that sort of thing offends you. On the other hand, it’s Art, and we should all be able to take it in stride.)

From Pinterest this morning, where the drawings weren’t sourced:

(#1) Google Images identifies this as an Japanese anime drawing, but I haven’t been able to place it in the context of any particular story (but if you’re into this sort of thing, that’s one hot angel-boy)

(#2) This turns out to be a hematite-red monochrome drawing (artist not identified) based on the 2011 painting Fallen Angel by Italian artist Roberto Ferri, which WikiArt describes as “neo-baroque” and “kitsch” in the religious painting genre (more on Ferri below)

I suspect that it’s the homoeroticism of Fallen Angel — it’s not pure art, it’s sullied by the stink of faggot desire — that causes WikiArt to describe it as kitsch.

(This version of the Ferri is also a genitally explicit male nude, while the Ferri original (#3 below), though homoerotic, is genitally innocent.)

Veteran readers of this blog will know that I have a thing for winged men, especially if they have an actual homoerotic edge to them, as these two drawings do. (Well, as I note every so often, I am in fact a faggot with a very strong sex drive, so homoerotic art resonates with me, especially if it’s well done as art.)

Roberto Ferri. The Ferri original:


Ferri has a homepage (in Italian) here. From Wikipedia:

Roberto Ferri (born 1978) is an Italian artist and painter from Taranto, Italy, who is deeply inspired by Baroque painters (Caravaggio in particular) and other old masters of Romanticism, the Academy, and Symbolism.

In 1996, he graduated from the Liceo Artistico Lisippo Taranto, a local art school in his hometown. He began to study painting on his own and moved to Rome in 1999, to increase research on ancient painting, beginning at the end of the 16th century, in particular. In 2006, he graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

Sources seem not to comment on the homoerotic edge to his images, but it’s sometimes quite powerful, as in the 2016 nude Il Martire (The Martyr):

(#3) A 21st-century Caravaggio


2 Responses to “Two homoerotic angels for a Sunday morning”

  1. kenru Says:

    I’d love to hang a repro of “The Martyr” on my wall.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Yes, I think it’s stunning. Reproductions are surely available, but they’re probably pricey. Remember that the man makes his living by selling his art. I have almost no wall space available for more stuff, but I think I’ll check it out.

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