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16th Century Artistic, Possibly Pornographic, Excellence: Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment”, Outstandingly on Display on the Altar Wall of The Legendary Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican City in Rome, Italy

From The Telegraph of London: “Elena Lazzarini, a researcher from Pisa University, believes the enormous fresco is replete with homosexual imagery, including a man being dragged into Damnation by his testicles and kisses and embraces between male figures. She has explored the theory in a new book, claiming that Michelangelo drew much of his knowledge of male anatomy from his frequent visits to gay brothels and ‘Turkish baths’ in 16th century Italy.”The virile male bodies are inspired by the physiology of labourers engaged in physical exertion, with taut muscles, strenuous exertion and pain etched into the expression on their faces. She said it was well documented that Michelangelo, who is believed by many historians to have been homosexual, frequented bathhouses and steam rooms tucked away in Rome’s maze of cobbled alleyways. “The bathhouses had many rooms where people could take hot and cold baths and massages. “And then there were other, secluded rooms, places of promiscuity and both male and female prostitution.” For a closer look at some of the gayest images from Michelangelo’s famous painting, and humorous investigation/analysis of Lazzarini’s sure-to-be-controversial claim, please read Excellent writer Brian Molyan‘s post on Gawker.

Porny Excellence, according to an upcoming book: The Last Judgment, which took Michelangelo four years to complete, covers the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican Image via ALAMY via The Telegraph of London via Gawker.com. .

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Maximum Excellence: The Maxxi, National Museum of 21st Century Arts, in Rome (of all places), Italy, Designed by Starchitect Zaha Hadid

Presenting an interior view of Rome’s recently-unveiled National Museum of 21st Century Arts, as photographed by Ivan Bean for The Wall Street Journal. The museum, called The Maxxi, was designed by star architect Zaha Hadid and is Italy’s first state museum for contemporary art and architecture.“Inside the museum,” says The WSJ, “black staircases rise from the cavernous white lobby like a drawing by M.C. Escher.

Maximum effect. The Maxxi, National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, designed by starchitect Zaha Hadid. . Image via Ivan Bean for The Wall Street Journal.

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