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.
Taken in the November of 1904, this photograph of Pancrazio Buccini Il Moro and a much taller friend (whose name is sadly not recorded) has been censored - at the time of publishing, not a modern digital edit - by the careful drawing in of a white loin cloth. This is not the only time this appears in von Gloeden’s work, as the examples here and here do show!
In the garden of von Gloeden’s own villa above Taormina, toward the end of the 19th century; one model strikes a pose while the other seems preoccupied with the flowers!
A postcard from the 1910s, published by the firm Galifi, and featuring a photograph by Wilhelm von Gloeden taken in the 1890s. The model on the right is Pascquale Stracuzzi, I regret I cannot recognise his companion from behind!
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.
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.
J. Laurie Wallace (right) and an unidentified model, posing for Thomas Eakins in 1883 - another reference photograph taken the same day can be seen here.
A fascinating picture from the 1910s, three well-muscled young men photographed outdoors in an intriguing pose - what scene they’re depicting, or what story trying to tell, I admit I have no idea!
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!
The ever-lovely Il Moro, Pancrazio Buccini, with his handsomely proportioned and elegant companion - what poise in the way he hollows his back! We’ve seen these two together here, and again here, and this model photographed alone, too. Perhaps one day we will discover his name.
A group of friends, some liberally coated in mud, pose naked - but for a single hat between them! - in Berkeley, circa 1890. A great shot of what seems to have been a thoroughly enjoyable day out!
The tall and graceful model on the left here may be familiar, we’ve seen him pose for Wilhelm von Gloeden before, both standing alone and bathing with Il Moro; how I wish we had a name to put to that gentle, handsome face!