Today we're introducing @Glittercymru to Queerate Tate! 🏳️🌈
Glitter Cymru is a Wales-based, community social group for people of colour/ethnic minorities who identify as LGBTQ+. Glitter Cymru amplifies the voices of this marginalised community and provides a safe space.
'We’re drawn to Boothby’s portrait because the elegant way he reclines (an Elizabethan portraiture tradition) captures our homo-imagination. Boothby appears to be at eye level with the artist Joseph Wright. Though they weren’t gay, the painting’s lethargic energy has captured something that’s both mundane and yet secretive enough to be taking place in the forest. Nowadays, we hear sweeping accusations that men are becoming feminised in the current gender revolution, as opposed to the mythical golden-olden days when men were supposedly more ‘manly’. But for the modern queer viewer, this portrait provides a glimpse of recognition of camp masculinity being performed in the 1700s. Boothby’s title, clothes and book of Rousseau’s philosophy, indicate he was a well-educated man of high status. These credentials are tied up with notions of whiteness and classism, suggesting that campness can only be accepted and understood if expressed through the lens of societal privilege.'
Thank you Glitter Cymru for sharing. 🌈 Find out more about the Queerate Tate project and how you can submit your own written piece by clicking the link in our bio. #LGBTQIHistoryMonth #QueerandNow
Joseph Wright of Derby, Sir Brooke Boothby 1781, on display in a quiet Tate Britain gallery.
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