Winckelmann: Classical Art, Sexual Freedom, and the Prehistory of Gay Identity

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768) rose from poverty in northern Germany to a resplendent life in Rome, as the major art historian of his time. His open courtship of other men as well as his sensational murder made his lifestyle a model for educated men who were sexually attracted to other men, much like Oscar Wilde a century later. These same erotic instincts were behind a willingness to challenge establish morality and imbue the human body with a nobility that paved the way for the emerging conception of the rights of man.

Robert Tobin, Henry J. Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture, Clark University

Robert Tobin

February 21 @ 4:15 | Hollander 241.

* Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Art History and the Dively Committee.