Hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery.
Historical and contemporary slavery.
A beautiful building housing one of the UK's finest collections of fine and decorative art.
Paintings, Wedgwood and Chinese ceramics.
Uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool.
The Titanic, life at sea and Liverpool's port.
This museum tells the story of Liverpool with diverse exhibits housed in a stunning building.
Liverpool's history and popular culture.
Explore a Victorian merchant's house with its period furniture and beautiful paintings.
Paintings, vintage fashion and furniture.
Beautiful paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
Paintings, sculpture and decorative art.
Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!
World cultures, space and live creatures.
Throughout history LGBT artists and designers have explored the relationship between pleasure and pain in their work. This includes art and fashion that explicitly references the visual culture of sadomasochistic sexual practices. These practices focus on the tension between dominance and submission, the active and the passive, and between pleasure and pain.
Gay male artists have commonly produced works that express a religious view of pain, as a spiritual or transcendental experience. In such representations, beautiful naked bodies are often contorted with pain, tied up, or penetrated by a sharp object, whilst their faces express a spiritual delight or ecstasy. Scholars have reflected on the interest of homosexual artists in the Christian martyr Saint Sebastian, for example and the heightened eroticism of portrayals of the moment an arrow pierces the Saint’s naked flesh.
Explore our LGBT collections researched by our Pride and Prejudice research project.
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