The Prado Museum in Madrid on Wednesday unveiled a series of itineraries dedicated to highlighting art linked to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.
The classical art museum in Madrid, the city which is to host this year's edition of World Pride, gathered 30 works including paintings, sculptures and drawings under thematic itineraries called "The Other's Gaze: Spaces of difference."
The featured works span centuries of history, from the ancient Roman "Castor and Pollux" sculptural group, which dates back to the first century AD, to Rosa Bonheur's 1879 painting of a lion.
Bonheur's "Cid" is the only work included by a woman, although for much of her working life she had to pretend to be a man in order to be allowed to paint.
Also on the itinerary are a bust of the Ancient Greek poet Sappho _ after whom the terms Sapphism and Lesbianism were named _ Caravaggio's "David with the Head of Goliath" and Guido Reni's "Saint Sebastian."
Sebastian was a particularly popular figure among gay men as he was often portrayed as a handsome youth and many depictions of him had very erotic undertones.
In 1976, British director Derek Jarman elicited strong controversy when he made the film "Sebastiane," a homoerotic retelling of the martyr's life aimed at gay audiences.
The museum highlighted four different routes: "Immortal Friendships," which looks at close relationships between people of the same gender; "Pursuing Desires," highlighting persecuted artists and disparaged works; "Deceptive Appearances," looking at themes that break away from bodily norms and "To Love Like Gods," which collects mythological pieces that show behavior by gods that was forbidden among mortals.