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LGBTQ artists have made important, if at times underexamined, contributions to the visual arts, bringing issues of representation in relation to LGBTQ gender and sexuality into view. In addition to the artistic contributions made by LGBTQ artists, it is important to consider, as well, the emergence of LGBTQ art history as a field of study that has developed steadily since the 1990s, a time of increased visibility for LGBTQ artists.

Beginnings

Despite the relatively recent development of the dedicated study of LGBTQ art history, depictions of homoeroticism and homosexuality can be traced back to ancient Greek vase art, where images of male-male sexuality chronicled culturally sanctioned rites of passage and forms of mentorship, values that were abandoned by the ancient Romans, who nevertheless continued to visually represent ...

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