… sexual coming into being …

The Young Archer now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a sculpture of sexual discovery.  The nude, sensuous, sinuous, lightly built, somewhat effeminate youth, an object of desire, draws an arrow from his quiver with a dreamy look.  And what a quiver — made from the paw of a leonine animal:  long, thick, strong, feral, in every way a contrast to the slim, delicate boy.  In this play of contrasts, the boy’s act of drawing out his arrow from the quiver becomes a nascent sexual act.  (see the three photos of the Young Archer below)

Did Michelangelo carve the Young Archer?  There’s little or no evidence he did.

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