This drawing is an allegorical interpretation of the ceremony of adelphopoiesis, which I translate as “the making of brothers”, hence the drawing’s name. I started drawing it in ninety-eight simply as a ceremonial double portrait with a reptile two Polish youngsters posed for this as yet unnamed ceremony during one afternoon. Unsure of the ceremony’s name and purpose, I left the drawing unfinished for about five months. When something reminded me of adelphopoiesis, which I read about in the book called “Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe”, probably in late ninety-five, I rushed to finish the drawing. It was finished in January of last year and is about forty-two by thirty-seven inches. The reptile, which could be a crocodile or an alligator, symbolizes homoerotic yearning.
Ink, Drawing, Brothers, Blue, Reptile, Original Drawing, Figurative Drawing