One of von Gloeden’s most recognisable models, the charming Pascquale Stracuzzi or ‘Pasqualino’ (right), in a very similar pose to this beautiful photograph, but here having gained an equally graceful and good-looking companion.
Pascquale Stracuzzi poses for Wilhelm von Gloeden, in the latter years of the 19th century, the snowy peak of Mount Etna faintly visible behind him (as in this photograph from the same set). The pretty pale wildflowers have been carefully picked out by hand with white highlights, at first they appear genuine but on closer inspection are an artistic embellishment - editing of photographs to remove flaws or add detail is not a new pursuit by any means!
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!
The charismatic and quite lovely Pascquale Stracuzzi, known fondly as Pasqualino, modestly draped in a swathe of white fabric as he poses against the most spectacular scenic view in all Sicily; a snow-capped Mount Etna visible high above the shining sea.
A striking, subtly sensual portrait of Pascquale Stracuzzi, known to his friends - and those who never met him but admired him from afar in photographs - as Pasqualino.
The beautiful Pasquale Stracuzzi (known as Pasqualino), photographed in the hills above Taormina toward the end of the 19th century by Wilhelm von Gloeden, this surely one of his most charming portraits of all. I am endeavouring to tag the models whose names I know, all photographs featuring Pasqualino will be gathered together here just as soon as I’ve worked my way through the collection.
One of Wilhelm von Gloeden’s most beautiful male models, Pasqualino (Pascquale Stracuzzi), reclining in sinuous, curvaceous grace, as he gently cradles a small black dog : von Gloeden’s own, her name is Nedda and she appears most at home in his tender arms. A kind donation from previous contributor John, scanned from his own collection - I thank you wholeheartledly, sir, you have very fine taste indeed!
A superb submission from a kind reader who sent me a message this week, sharing not only the gorgeous photograph above, but also a much-appreciated piece of information to add to a previous post featuring one of the same models : the beautiful young man is named Pasqualino, and he sat regularly for Wilhelm von Gloeden, for over a decade.
His companion here is Francesco, the pair standing decorously draped and elegant in the old St. Domenico former convent of Taormina. Is it not a joy to know both their names, such a small snippet of information and yet it makes such a difference!
Thank you, sir, for a wonderful addition to the collection here.
What perfection! I present a minor deviation from our usual full-body academic or Arcadian nudes, to include this wonderful portrait of Pasqualino by von Gloeden - his images concentrating on the captivating faces of his subjects are a little neglected in favour of those more revealing examples, but are such striking and memorable images I am sure you shall enjoy them as much as I. With his noble profile, gorgeous eyes, and garland of rather crumpled pale roses, this young man has to be one of the most lovely amongst them.