A striking picture of von Gloeden’s Il Grande Fauno (the Great Faun), circa 1895. Where other photographs of this model posing in character appear innocent, detached stern expressions interspersed with the occasional friendly smile, in this there’s a distinct leaning toward celebrating the sensuality and eroticism of both his character, and his proudly displayed body, bare under hot bright sun.
An early 20th century male nude by Guglielmo Plüschow, his typical set-dressing with patterned carpet and fabric making a fine backdrop to the timeless masculine beauty of his models.
A second artist’s reference image of this tall and well-toned model posing for Jacques de Lalaing, some time in the 1880s or 1890s. This print has been neatly drawn over with a grid pattern, which proves its former usefulness to the artist, even if it does distract somewhat from the aesthetic appeal of the shot, and the model’s good looks!
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.
As with so many of these 19th century artists’ reference photographs, this picture has an enduring beauty all of its own - a handsome man immortalised in his prime, posing with great dignity and grace; he remains every bit as captivating to look upon today, as in the era which he lived.
An alternate version of this photograph by Guglielmo Plüschow, showing much crisper light than the close-up - as they were taken outdoors, not with studio lighting, maybe we see here the difference between full sun and the softening shade of a cloud. This handsome model has featured in a selection of other pictures, you can see them all collected here.
A fourth glorious, gorgeous photograph of this breathtakingly handsome man, captured in the full bloom of his beauty by von Gloeden. His face is pure masculine perfection, this perhaps the loveliest of all his portraits.
Portraits create such a powerful sense of a moment captured and kept, a fine face made everlasting; as we look upon this strong-featured anonymous Italian, know he was photographed by Vincenzo Galdi a little over a hundred years ago.
A 19th century artists’ model, photographed in dramatic pose by Gaudenzio Marconi (we have seen further examples of his reference material here.)
The beautiful Pietro, photographed with an irrepressible hint of a lighthearted smile, in the sun-dappled garden at Posillipo, circa 1890, by Wilhelm von Gloeden.
The outstandingly handsome face of an unknown Italian model, immortalised in this portrait by Guglielmo Plüschow during the 1890s.
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.
Regrettably small but a glorious Plüschow photograph nonetheless; raking light helping to bring out the strong curves of a powerful body in a striking taut pose - an image which seems to focus on strength and masculinity rather than the usual tendancy toward gentle languid grace.
Oh, what a captivating model; his unforgettable and utterly timeless good looks captured by von Gloeden in an image of simple glowing beauty. We have seen him before, both crowned with this elegant wreath of laurel leaves, and every bit as lovely without.