Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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15 Gay Romances of the Renaissance Era

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13. Arcangelo Corelli and Matteo Fornari

Corelli, one of the most influential composers of the 17th century, lived in Rome among a circle of gay artists who had favor with Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and therefore enjoyed a certain level of discretion. While staying at the La Cancelleria, an all-male academy, he developed a long-term relationship with the violinist Matteo Fornari, according to research by Clive Paget. The relationship lasted two decades, and Fornari would oversee completion of some of Corelli’s unfinished works.

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