Nov 17, 2016
The Battle of the Nude Men
I found this painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. The heavily-muscled men are naked, grimacing as they go at each other with scimitars.
It's actually called "Battle of the Nude Men", the only surviving engraving by Renaissance goldsmith and sculptor Antonio del Pollaiolo (1429-1498).
And shows a nice butt crack.
Pope Sixtus IV, who has been rumored to be gay, was his biggest patron. When he died, Pollaiuolo was conscripted to design his tomb.
Pollaiuolo died unmarried, and was buried next to his brother.
History doesn't tell us if he was gay or not, but I'm going to go with probably.
Look at "Tobias and the Angel." They're not naked, but have you ever seen such a feminine Tobias in such an intimate pose?