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.
A fine example of Vincenzo Galdi’s unreservedly raunchy homoerotic scenes from the early years of the twentieth century.
There’s some debate on whether we see here a cleverly constructed duplication of the same ravishing model photographed in two poses, or twins - the profiles appear to differ in the other shot, though that may just be the angle of the heads, and it seems to me that the man on the left both times has tanned legs, while the one on the right, does not. And yet their bodies are so remarkably alike that they must surely be the same man twice! A puzzle indeed. What do you think?
A fine trio of male models, photographed in 1910s Rome by Vincenzo Galdi. Tantalisingly trimmed just below their waists - oh how I wish for an uncropped copy of this photograph!
Turn of the century titilation courtesy of Vincenzo Galdi, a smutty delight in an era where male nudity was generally presented as artistic innocence. Instead, he relishes the opportunity to provide startlingly saucy erotica featuring handsome Italian men, well-built, and often extremely well-endowed. We’ve seen a similar single shot before.
His shoulders enfolded in a thick cloak, this Galdi model shows not the slightest bit of shyness in flaunting his lower half, legs parted to expose all to the sun, and the viewer’s admiring eye. Vincenzo Galdi has seated his anonymous models on these dark volcanic rocks before, here and here.
A typically raunchy and quite deliciously lascivious photograph from Vincenzo Galdi in turn-of-the-century Rome, his model blessed with both exceedingly admirable endowment, and a sultry face to match; all deep dark come-to-bed eyes and pouting parted lips. He has appeared before, on the right in this equally erotic photograph.
I’ve long been adding ‘All I want for Christmas is Victorian gay porn’ as a tongue-in-cheek tag on an already frivolous greeting card post each December; this year I was surprisingly fortunate to actually be given some - six smutty photographs by Vincenzo Galdi!
Taken around the turn of the century, this is the first of them, typifying his bold and brazen style, pretending to be neither high art nor anatomical study, but honest unashamed eroticism.
We have seen this bold model before, then demonstrating astonishing flexibility, this time simply showing off his assets to the camera. The first photograph posted has been suggested as c1890 by regular contributor Yanni, therefore this second discovery from the same set may also be estimated then.
A remarkable, raunchy image donated by Ken, who saw my hopes for an unaltered copy of this photograph, but has in fact found an exciting and deeply erotic new addition to my assortment featuring this most virile, voluptuous of models, Il Serpente. It is clearly from the same session, but here Vincenzo Galdi has moved a little closer to dwell on this simply gorgeous young man’s talent - unequalled size and perfection of shape, the firm grip of his tanned fingers, the soft touch of his own lips to tender tip, all up-close and in full detail. Ravishing!
Dear readers, do please forgive dwelling on past posts one more time, to present my very favourite artistic and erotic nudes from the previous twelve months of this collection - a great many gorgeous photographs had to be neglected in selecting just 14 for 2014, but to me these are the loveliest of all.
(Each links back to the post where I first shared them, should you wish to reblog a little of this prettiness yourselves!)
An exquisite model of quite simply sublime masculine beauty; what perfection of features, what wondrous body bared with poise and confidence for appreciative eyes to admire! A lovely young man photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow over a hundred years ago, still utterly captivating today - perhaps my very favourite of all.
Seeming to take great enjoyment in this deliciously daring photoshoot by Vincenzo Galdi, both models wear smouldering smiles as they act out their desires in the studio; sensual carnal pleasures made all the more intense and erotically exciting by the thought of being captured on camera to inspire lustful thoughts in others of the same tastes.
A perfectly entrancing photograph by F. Holland Day, the simple setting of a charmed woodland glade provides the otherworldly backdrop to a beautiful young man of rare grace, acting his part wonderfully well - a soul so transported by the sweetness of his music that nothing in the world can draw him from his dreamy reverie.
From the 1910 Lads and Lore series by Edmund Edwinstone, demonstrating his bold and unashamedly sexual content in a time when homoerotic male nudity tended to be given a classical camouflage. Simply a superb photo, such beaming grins from both models as they display their stripped and sun-drenched bodies before the camera, with one compact and admirably muscular while the other is lithe and long and lean - very different but equally magnificent!
Daintily bedecked with little white flowers shining clear against his dark hair, this stunning model captures our attention with his beauty and easy grace; a perfect example of the endless appeal of these exquisitely composed, subtly erotic images - what made a man lovely to look upon back then still holds a powerful attraction today, 109 years after this photograph by Guglielmo Plüschow was first seen.
A quite quite beautiful 1899 photograph, a remarkable feat of strength, balance, and flexibility - wonderfully lit to highlight the well-defined muscles and lovely fluid curves of his fine athletic build, and printed in a sepia tone which adds a pleasant warmth and softness to the image’s charms; an unusual, memorable portrait of an unknown young man.
A magnificent, well-chosen model poses with an effortless elegance for Wilhelm von Gloeden, his fine shapely form and striking good looks (that perfect profile!) so impeccably suited to this late 19th century Arcadian style which, inspired by the classical world, captured and celebrated male beauty like no other photography had done before.
A portrait of the stunning Antonio Cesarini, known as Nino, photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow on the terrace of Villa Lysis, Capri. A timeless beauty, made truly everlasting in these bewitching photographs from around 1905.
This may be a little out of my pre-war era as it has a distinctly 1920’s feel, but I could not resist. He looks so haughty, such assured confidence as he displays his body for our admiration - there’s a definite air of satisfaction here, knowing how he shall tease us with the results of his posing so proudly before the camera.
A fine fellow photographed by Guglielmo Plüschow in Sicily, circa 1895. Taken at closer quarters than many of these 19th century Mediterranean nudes, the additional detail visible adds a vibrancy and life lost in the longer shots - we see the real man not a distant figure : in those veins his blood flowed, his smooth skin felt the heat of the sun as he stood exactly so, as we see him now.
Assured and utterly self-posessed, this sturdy young man poses with a hearty confidence in his own masculine charms - not for him the gentle drape of delicate willowy limbs, no sweetly spilling flowers decorate his scene; rustic roughness sets off his raw and earthy allure, creating an erotic and unforgettable portrait of enduring appeal.
A quite simply sublime photograph by Vincenzo Galdi - a lovely young man sits deep in melancholy thought, wistful downcast eyes and that delightful Cupid’s bow of his lip, chin supported on graceful turn of wrist, crumpled fabric beneath his knee; and the bright brilliant Mediterranean sun drawing perfect sharp shadows on his grave, gorgeous face, his bare skin. Beautiful!
Of unknown date, this amazingly brazen homoerotic postcard may be a little late for accurate inclusion here - my aim to collect the very earliest photographic erotica up ‘til the 1910s - but how could anyone resist such an image : surely you would not thank me in the slightest for keeping it to myself! Who were they, who took their picture, and who first owned the postcard? All details sadly remain a mystery, but at least now it can be seen by many with an appreciative eye for such lovely, lusty, delights.
Oh, how magnetic those eyes, those deep-set and dark-shadowed soulful eyes! Tear your attention away from them, if you can, and dwell a little on the other details which make him so appealing; the well-muscled arm, the smooth spread of his chest, dark and curling hair trailing up a toned stomach, heat-swelled veins standing out on the elegantly draped forearm. A picture of masculine perfection, who could resist treasuring this young man’s image!
One of Plüschow’s more ambiguously intended photographs; whilst it could be argued that the young man on the right is merely climbing to a better position and caught off-guard, it cannot be ignored how wonderfully the shapely curves of his plump posterior are displayed. Whether taken as deliberately provocative or entirely innocent, or somewhere in between, the beauty of the models is beyond doubt!
I’d been hoping to find a better copy of this remarkably raunchy bit of erotica from Vincenzo Galdi, but this will just have to do - hopefully the modern edit does not detract too much from the glorious content within! The model is none other than the wondrously well-endowed Il Serpente, take a look at this shot from the same set if you are curious to see his handsome face as well as his quite marvellous aptitude for autofellatio!
One of Vincenzo Galdi’s exquisitely erotic photographs from the early 20th Century, two of his handsome young men from Rome captured on camera all entwined and indulging in a little simultaneous stimulation. Galdi certainly had the knack for finding models willing to take things far further than the usual innocent artistic poses!
Note that where the paler-skinned boy would otherwise blend into the background, someone has lightly traced around his body to define his outline in pencil.
A strikingly modern-feeling photograph by Plüschow; a good-looking lad with his laid-back casual pose and air of comfortable confidence in his fine body, and the notion of sharing it shamelessly with an admiring public - it is easy to forget this scene took place over a century ago, circa 1900.