“…the elemental signs for air and water. It’s the idea of being between two worlds. Like the water from Ceremonials and the air of How Big, How Blue. I felt that How Big, How Blue was a way of getting out of the depths of something into the sky.” - Florence Welch
it’s obviously hard in a lot of cases to pinpoint someone’s sexuality but in terms of people we have a fairly good bet about?
absolutely leonardo and michelangelo. possibly botticelli as well (he was only denounced once, which is shadier as people did tend to accuse their enemies of ‘sodomy’ but he had no known affairs with women and his reputed love for simonetta vespucci is on a lot of shaky mythical ground so take that as you will)
lorenzo de’ medici had many affairs with women as well, but many of his closest friends were denounced for sodomy multiple times and they wrote him extremely amorous letters….. which i have a hard time believing they’d do if he wasn’t down for it considering how powerful he was. i think it’s pretty solid to say he was into men, if not necessarily exclusively. the letters certainly indicate that to me.
henri iii in france had several male favorites who were called his “mignons”.
re the ladies, unfortunately there’s a lot less info out there. but benedetta carlini was a lesbian nun in renaissance italy so um, made some waves. there’s a book about her but i’ve yet to read it.
this is a very incomplete list but few examples off the top of my head.
in terms of more general social trends, michael rocke’s forbidden friendships is a study of gay culture in renaissance florence that’s p extensive
One of my dreams in life is to dress up as a teletubbie wearing a ginger wig, break into the control room at Target where they pick their music, and blast Florence and the Machine throughout the store. I’ve chosen Target because they’re a gay store so therefore they need extra gay music. Your welcome target.
i. is it really so strange? the smiths ii. a postcard to nina jens lekman iii. someone new hozier iv. come give me love ted gärdestad v. cherry lana del rey vi. love is blindness jack white vi. the chain fleetwood mac viii. beekeeper keaton henson ix. i need my girl the national x. ribs lorde xi. shake it out florence + the machine xii. neophile unwoman xiii. ave cesaria stromae xiv. a day at coney island brittain ashford