Gloeden, Wilhelm von (1856-1931) - n. 1337
it - Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931), Doppio ritratto. Numero di catalogo: 1337. Questa immagine è apparsa su un sito di aste online (ebay), e secondo il venditore riportava scritta sul retro l'identificazione del ragazzo a sinistra (travestito da ragazza) come Pancrazio Buciunì (1879-1963), l'assistente ed erede di Gloeden. I tratti somatici non corrispondono però a quelli delle foto di Buciunì che abbiamo: https://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=291838968&size=l & https://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=291838967&size=o (Buciunì da vecchio).
en - Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931), Double portrait. Catalogue number: 1337. The boy dressed as a girl, at the left side is, according to a writing on the back, Pancrazio Buciunì (1879-1963), assistant and later heir to Wilhelm von Gloeden. However, the features do not match with those of the pictures of Buciunì we have. https://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=291838968&size=l & https://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=291838967&size=o (Buciunì as an old man).
Pancrazio Buciunì was an Italian model, lover and heir of Wilhelm von Gloeden, a German photographer who settled in Sicily in the late nineteenth century. When Wilhelm von Gloeden arrived in the hilltop city of Taormina overlooking the Ionian Sea, he engaged the services of a local boy, Pancrazio Buciunì, named after Pancras of Taormina. The fourteen year old was already extremely handsome, with dark skin and large eyes. Von Gloeden nicknamed him "Il Moro" (The Moor) because of his Arabic heritage. Il Moro first became one of von Gloeden's models, then assistant, pupil and eventually lover. The couple were in love. The young Buciunì looked after von Gloeden when he was sick, administering medications, getting special food from townspeople, preparing the salt water baths that doctors prescribed. He also arranged for local youths to participate in the midnight parties von Gloeden threw for his guests.