What a beautiful classically-inspired scene from von Gloeden; quite typical of his work, and quite lovely!
Four confident and classically elegant models clasp hands and pose in leafy unspoilt countryside, for the camera of Guglielmo Plüschow around the turn of the last century - could they be the same group seen enjoying a similar setting in this photograph?
A skilfully composed garden scene by Wilhelm von Gloeden, taken toward the end of the 19th century at his villa in Taormina, Sicily.
A further page of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout’s reference photographs for artists, published between 1870 and 1880 by A. Calavas as an affordable and convenient alternative to life models, and especially useful for amateur artists working at home.
The model on the left is surely the most eyecatching in this scene captured by Wilhelm von Gloeden, stunning looks and a magnificent physique, the translucent fabric slung loose and low below his waist tantalising the admiring eye rather than an overly modest cover-up! The model in the centre does much to match the allure of the first…but the sidetracked chap on the right really could try harder!
A sweet joyous moment captured forever, Il Moro (right) and his taller companion - we have seen this pair pose with such intimate affection before - standing one summer in an open sunny meadow, flecked with thousand upon thousand of tiny bright flowers.
Two fine-figured and handsome-featured young men pose, pressed close, for the camera of Wilhelm von Gloeden, in this gorgeous scene from late 19th century Italy. We have seen the model on the left posing against this prettily painted door before, here.
Dating to 1905, this glorious flower-strewn scene of summery bliss created by Wilhelm von Gloeden was sold as a postcard (the publisher’s initials AE a co-incidental match for this very blog!). A fine souvenir for the traveller to treasure, or perhaps a treat to send home to a friend who shared the same appreciation of aesthetic beauty and male beauty combined!
Photographed in a secluded spot on the beach near the fishing village of Taomina, around the turn of the last century, by Wilhelm von Gloeden.
Sold as artistic nude studies, Wilhelm von Gloeden’s photographs soon found an appreciative audience among gentlemen who admired the male form for more reasons than the purely aesthetic. The discreet homoeroticism running through his work is brought to the fore in pictures such as this, where the models pose pressed close, gazing at each another rather than looking to the camera.
Two stunning young men from Taormina, posing for Wilhelm von Gloeden toward the end of the 19th century.
Taken on this day, the 8th of August, in the year 1900 - not many of von Gloeden’s photographs are quite so precisely dated, this simple snippet of extra information reminding us of the sheer age of the pictures, in a thought-provoking way : oh how the world has changed in the intervening years!
Photographed by Plüschow toward the end of the 19th century, both these models look familiar from other pictures; when I have a little more time I shall try to find their other poses!
Another page from the 1894 publication Der Act, compiling photographs taken around a decade earlier, by Max Koch and Otto Rieth. Here we see again the clever use of mirrors to allow three views of the same models within one photographic plate.