Proust’s Cup of Tea: Homoeroticism and Victorian Culture (2002)
Pater – homoerotic ’Conclusion’ of The Renaissance dropped from second edition; replaced by frontispiece
His description of it makes his meaning clear:
a face of doubtful sex, set in the shadow of its own hair, the cheek-line in high light against it, with something voluptuous and full in the eyelids and the lips.
The title of the 1873 edition – Studies in the History of the Renaissance – was changed to The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry in the 1877 edition.
Pater’s implicit stress on the sexual ambiguity of the Mona Lisa is particularly perceptive, as computer-generated images have revealed that the face with its enigmatic smile in fact conceals a self-portrait of da Vinci. Until recently, John the Baptiste hung alongside the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, a juxtaposition which made the striking similarity in their androgynous faces all the more apparent.
See Lillian Schwartz, “Leonardo’s Mona Lisa” Art and Antiques (January 1987) pp. 50-54
Assessment of the claim : Antoinette LaFarge (Oct 1996). “The Bearded Lady & the Shaven Man: Mona Lisa, Meet Mona/Leo”. Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society of Art, Science, and Technology.
And so for day 2056