Buffy Art Historian: Conundrums

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou


ANYA: Willow thinks she’s in love with my boyfriend, R.J.

BUFFY: Willow, you’re a gay woman—and he isn’t.

WILLOW: This isn’t about his physical presence. It’s about his heart.

ANYA: His physical presence has a penis!

WILLOW: I can work around it!


season 7, episode 6, Him (written by Drew Z. Greenberg, created by Joss Whedon)

(artwork: Cherubino Alberti, A naked man [Ignudo], twisting towards the right, holding drapery, after Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgment’ fresco in the Sistine Chapel, 1580–90, engraving, 31.6 x 20.5 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York)