Gloeden, Wilhem von (1856-1931) - n. 1336
Italiano: Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931), Ragazzo travestito in abiti femminili in atteggiamento di preghiera. Numero di catalogo: n. 1336. Con iscrizione a matita "Da guardare", e timbro dell'assistente di Gloeden, Pancrazio Buciunì. Con timbro di deposito legale: "Deposé 11 Apr 1904". Già nella collezione Texbraun, cortesia della Galerie David Guiraud, Paris. Un altro esemplare di questa immagine è online sul sito del Musée d'Orsay. http://www.musee-orsay.fr/it/collezioni/catalogo-delle-opere/notice.html?no_cache=1&nnumid=052631&cHash=40fe3d912f
English: Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931), Praying boy posing in female dress. Catalogue # 1336. Inscribed "Da guardare" ("to be checked") and stamped with the stamp by Pancrazio Buciunì, Gloeden's assistant and heir. Copyrighted "Deposé 11 Apr 1904". Formerly in the Texbraun collection, courtesy Galerie David Guiraud, Paris. This image is featured on the Website of the Musée d'Orsay. http://www.musee-orsay.fr/it/collezioni/catalogo-delle-opere/notice.html?no_cache=1&nnumid=052631&cHash=40fe3d912f
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.