One of von Gloeden’s most recognisable models, the charming Pascquale Stracuzzi or ‘Pasqualino’ (right), in a very similar pose to this beautiful photograph, but here having gained an equally graceful and good-looking companion.
The bejewelled boy from Naples, his distinctive necklace and bangles barely visible in this shot, but more revealed by the dropping of the dark fabric which carefully covered him, when he posed for the better-known image in this set, Pompeii c1895.
The glorious Nicola Giancola, photographed by F. Holland Day in the early years of the 20th century, but utterly timeless in beauty and sensuality. A much-improved copy of this exquisite photograph, I make no apologies for a repeat when the image is so breathtaking!
A timelessly handsome young man poses for Plüschow around the turn of the last century, seated high on a pillar in the temple of Juno Sospita at Rome’s Civita Lavinia (now Lanuvia).
Garlanded with tendrils of grape vine and fruit, and bearing more in the basket at his hip, this young man from 1890s Taormina poses as Dionysus - or Bacchus, if you prefer the Roman gods to the Greek.
An improved copy of a picture I’ve shown here before, from a series of Bacchus photographs taken by Wilhelm von Gloeden, in the 1890s.
Summer-scented and sun-drenched 1890s Taormina is the setting for this prettily-dressed scene by Wilhelm von Gloeden, an eye-catchingly handsome Sicilian poses for the camera, pale flowers clasped in one hand.
The eternally handsome Il Moro, photographed by von Gloeden in 1899; his expression at once serene and serious, his pose both easily elegant, and striking.
A 19th century artists’ model assumes a dramatic pose in the studio, photographer sadly unrecorded - I should love to know what figure he represents, what painting or sculpture this eventually became!
A fine photograph of a fine young man, blessed with sublime beauty and dressed to highlight not hide his charms; the breathtakingly lovely Antonio or ‘Nino’ Cesarini. Immortalised in all these gorgeous pictures by Guglielmo Plüschow in Capri, circa 1905.
Bearing a hefty terracotta urn on his shoulder with no apparent effort, this fine-figured Sicilian man was immortalised in his prime around 1900, by Wilhelm von Gloeden.
Photographed by Arnold Genthe in the 1910s, with perfect pin-sharp focus on the single sunlit figure and the panpipes he holds in his hands.
An exceedingly striking studio photograph from toward the end of the 19th century; surely he represents Bacchus, or Dionysus, with his garland of vine leaves and white grapes, and the jug for pouring wine in the set-dressing behind him.
Clarence Weber posed as ‘Damoxenus’ (Damoxenos from a pair of statues by Canova, the sub title The Boxers suggests he may also have been photographed in the pose of Creugas), the tattered edges of the postcard doing little to detract from his handsomeness! As well as admiring this man’s fine figure, do take a moment to read about his life.