Winckelmann and the beauty of male friendship
Winckelmann felt himself a kindred spirit to the ancient Greeks, particularly as regards friendship. According to Pater:
That his affinity with Hellenism was not merely intellectual, that the subtler threads of temperament were inwoven in it, is proved by his romantic, fervid friendships with young men.
Winckelmann found his intimate, emotional connections with other men, which elevated their friendships into a territory beyond mere acquaintance, mirrored in those of the ancient Greeks he studied. One token of such a friendship comes in the form of a portrait by Anton von Maron, which was commissioned for Winckelmann’s close friend and correspondent, Wilhelm Muzell-Stosch.
4.1. Beauty realised
4.2. Androgynous beauty
 Pater 1873, 161
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