Male Beauty in Art

Male Beauty in Art; Appreciation of the beauty of the male sex in different art forms from various periods in human history. I own none of these works of art; all are found around the web. Run by: randaroyce, iljunfantroza and mariaborgart.


Saint Sebastian, Jusepe de Ribera (MuMa - Musée d’art moderne André Malraux)

In this monumental painting, Ribera portrays the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Officer of the Praetorian Guard under Diocletian (3rd century), Sebastian, a secret Christian, revealed his faith when two fellow Christians were condemned to death. He was immediately sentenced to be shot with arrows and left to die, but was nursed back to health by Irene. Once again, he confronted the emperor, who had him clubbed to death and thrown in the great Roman sewer, the Cloaca Maxima.

As in other martyr scenes, the chosen iconography depicts a moment of direct communication with the Divine. The religious outpouring finds expression in the parted lips and the eyes wet with tears gazing heavenward. This large-scale Saint Sebastian is an ambitious painting that plays on the unique effect of a diagonal. While the slightly twisted body principally serves to highlight the anatomy of the torso, it also recalls the crucifixion of Christ. The right hand turned to the sky, like the saint’s gaze, is a symbol of intercession.

A short interesting discussion by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker about Diego Velázquez’s Vulcan’s Forge (c.1630)

Gustave Courbet, The Wrestlers, 1853, Oil on canvas, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest


Joshua LaRock, Woe, 2011


Friedrich Overbeck

Self-Portrait (1819)

In celebration of our three years (almost) in existence, here are malebeautyinart’s most popular original posts (note-wise), year by year. Compiled through best of tumblr


  1. A Man in Armor; Rembrandt
  2. Flirt; Mucha
  3. Chiron and Achilles; Singer Sargent


  1. Various; Leyendecker
  2. Salmace e Ermafrodito II; Ferri
  3. Portrait of Baron A.J.A.A. van Heemstra and his brother Baron H. P. .J. van Heemstra; Van der Waay
  1. Back to Civvies; Rockwell
  2. The Law Student; Rockwell
  3. La Promessa; Pugliese


William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Canephores, 1852


Jusepe de Ribera

Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene (c. 1621)

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain

Yury Pen - Portrait of Marc Chagall

Collage of two portraits by Van der Weyden by Hans Ollermann on Flickr.