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Drawing: Ink, Paper, Pencil, Ballpoint Pen on Paper.
Oil, Ink, acrylic & rice paper collage on paper
In this series of paintings and drawings I was inspired by Ancient Rome busts.
Starting with the concept that it was expected and socially acceptable for a freeborn Roman man to want sex with both female and male partners, as long as he took the penetrative role. The morality of the behavior depended on the social standing of the partner, not gender per SE.
Both women and young men were considered normal objects of desire.
Many famous men of the best known and respected families where having same gender sexual orientation.
One of all was Julius Caesar a prominent member of the Gens Giulia and founder of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
He felt a strong attraction to people of the same sex, his homosexuality, or bisexuality, was well attested by Cicero when he commented "the husband of all wives and the wife of all husbands."