About this artwork
Suffering from lung disease, Wilhelm von Gloeden moved to Taormina, on the island of Sicily, at the age of 22 on doctor’s orders. After having regained his health, he remained on the island and began making photographs of the idyllic landscape as well as the young male inhabitants, both of which suggested to him a classical ideal.
While the nudity of his models—young peasants, shepherds, and fishermen—was quite uncommon in von Gloeden’s native Germany, it was unremarkable for the island youths of Sicily and Southern Italy. Despite von Gloeden’s genuine interest in classical art, such references also provided an aesthetically acceptable way to explore his private, erotic fascination with the male body.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Wilhelm von Gloeden
- Male Nude
- Made 1890
- Albumen print
- 18 × 13 cm (image); 36 × 26 cm (mount)
- Gift of W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg