We don't know if Leonardo was gay. Frankly, it's none of our business who if anyone or what if anything titillated Leonardo's libido years after the fact, but let's give those who do care some information. Smarter people have said that, yes, Leonardo was gay. Sigmund Freud outed him and blamed his mother back in One must, of course, take a post-centuries-mortem psychological analysis with many grains of salt.
9 Facts About the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci They Didn’t Teach You In School
The lusts of Leonardo da Vinci | Art and design | The Guardian
In Renaissance Florence, a number of designated boxes placed throughout the city allowed citizens to make anonymous denunciations of various moral crimes—in , for example, the artist-monk Filippo Lippi was accused of fathering a child with a nun. But the crime that the government was really trying to control was sodomy, so notoriously prevalent that contemporary German slang for a homosexual was Florenzer. The common nature of the offense did not erase the threat of serious consequences. There is little doubt that Leonardo was arrested. Although any time he may have spent in jail was brief, and the case was dismissed, two months later, for lack of corroborating witnesses, he had plenty of time to ponder the possible legal punishments: a large fine, public humiliation, exile, burning at the stake. Private notebooks of all sizes, some carried about for quick sketches and on-the-spot observations, others used for long-term, exacting studies in geology, botany, and human anatomy, to specify just a few of the areas in which he posed fundamental questions, and reached answers that were often hundreds of years ahead of his time. Why is the sky blue?
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Leonardo da Vinci’s genius under a gay light
Noteworthy queer people throughout history have been straightwashed, made palatable for the mainstream. Up first, Leonardo Da Vinci! At the age of 24, Da Vinci was charged twice, and once briefly jailed along with a few other men his age, for the charge of sodomy with a male sex worker named Jacopo Saltarelli.
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My man crush has been dead for years. Leonardo da Vinci, the ultimate Renaissance man, died on May 2, at age The word genius is egregiously overused. Yet, how else can you describe Leonardo? Leonardo dissected cadavers to understand human anatomy, thought of the idea of a flying machine and designed theatrical productions and war machines.