While preparing this assignment, I was intrigued most by the work that showcased two or more people of the opposite sex in intimate (not necessarily sexual) positions. I am a supporter of a wide range of civil rights issues, gay rights and same sex marriage included. So the concept of two people of the same sex being the subject of a work of art from many decades ago is fascinating to me. I wonder about the context and the reception of the work at that time. At the very base of it all, I believe that no matter our sexual orientation or preference - we all have a basic need for companionship, whether that person is a lover, friend or family member or, even, a servant as shown in two of the works included here.