Published as a postcard circa 1910, this sandalled strongman leaves nothing to chance in protecting his modesty, and wears a large paper leaf, thoroughly secured with plenty of string!
A deliciously explicit addition to my collection of early-1900s photographs featuring the incomparable Il Serpente, ‘The snake’ - the most naturally blessed and beautifully, brazenly seductive of all Vincenzo Galdi’s models.
Early body-builder Otto Olympier proudly displays the astonishing muscle in his flexed arm, in this postcard from the 1910s. We’ve seen him pose (almost) nude to show off his phyisque before, here.
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!
The moment I realised there was more than one Cain photograph in Wilhelm von Gloeden’s catalogue, I started to spot more and more variations. This one bears small ink annotations in von Gloeden’s own hand; if anyone can read what they say and would care to share with all the readers here, I’d be delighted to add that information to my caption!
An early 20th century photograph, striking in its simplicity with an unfussy, unpretentious pose, and no studio props to distract the eye and detract from the fine physique and charming handsome face of this unknown model.
A gently beautiful nude portrait by J. G Paine, c1920, though sadly the sitter’s name is not credited - rather than the quaint and faintly comical censorship by carefully placed leaf, favoured in earlier decades, this time the charming model’s modesty is preserved by the pose alone, giving the image a refreshingly modern and unfussy look.
An uncommon departure from the usual style for Wilhelm von Gloeden; we see very few studio-set photography sessions in his work, and even fewer poses intended to emphasise the size and definition of models’ muscles, as here. This man, with his fine moustache, can also be seen in this similar picture, and in stunning detail as the snake charmer.
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!
Artist Einor Bagner painting a nude while in the nude himself, 1910.
We see a great many models posing nude for artists, but very few images of artists who choose to shed their own clothes to paint.
What a pity these sitters did not decide to annotate their photographs, how nice it would be to know their names!
Standing nude portrait of Mr. E.H. Garland by S.P. Andrew Ltd of Wellington in 1916. National Library of New Zealand
A stunning addition to my small but treasured collection of portraits featuring Nino Cesarini, Italian lover of the painter Jaques d'Adelswärd-Fersen and photographed on his terrace at the Villa Lysis in Capri, around 1905.
I’ve been collecting variations on von Gloeden’s famed 1902 “Cain” photograph for a little while now, this perhaps the greatest variation of all as the model has turned to face the opposite way.