The Veiling of Homoerotic Desire in Roland Barthes' S/Z

Carrie Watterson

"Madame, Cardinal Cicognara took possession of Zambinella's statue and had it executed in marble; today it is in the Albani Museum. There, in 1791, the Lanty family found it and asked Vien to copy it. The portrait in which you saw Zambinella at twenty, a second after having seen him at one hundred, later served for Girodet's Endymion; you will have recognized its type in the Adonis."

"But this Zambinella - he or she?" (S/Z, 253)

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