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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Warrior Sculptures Day


I had a request for some male nude sculpture from Jack D. in Birmingham, Alabama,
so today we'll view some warriors in stone and bronze.  We start with 
Basil (Vasilios) Phalereus' 1955 statue of Leonidas.

 

Achilles


A lot of sculptors have done a take on Achilles.  This one is by the 
very appropriately named Charles Alphonse Achille Gumery.

 

Bellerophon


Here we have Bellerophon Fighting the Chimaera from the Austrian Belvedere Gallery as sculpted by Johann Schaller, 1821.  Mr. Schaller went really Classical on the package for this one.

 

Jason


Jason and the Golden Fleece by Thorvaldsen is from 1803.

 

Samson


This is Samson Slaying a Phillistine by 16th C. Flemish Sculptor Jean Boulogne, 
aka Giambologna, who worked for the Medici family in Italy.  From the V&A in London.

 

Greeks


These are the Riace Warriors, two 5th Century B.C.E. bronzes found 
in the Mediterranean in 1972 off the coast of Riace Marina, Italy.

 

1959


Going modern for this spearman from 1959 by Paul Manship.

 

Viking


John Borjesson created Captive Viking in 1878, 
and I believe it can be found in a park in Stockholm.

 

Othryades


Othryades the Dying Spartan was made by Johan Tobias Sergel in 1778.

 

Spartacus


This is Spartacus in the Tuileries Garden by Charles Negre, 19th C.

 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Models with magazines of a certain type


Today we take a look at some models who posed with girlie magazines.  The classic era 
physique photographers often kept those on hand to, uh, entertain the models.  We start with 
a guy named Chuck Hall photographed in a sailor uniform by Pat Milo.  Oh, and I'm tagging 
all these "reading" despite the fact that none of the models were likely to have had 
any interest in the articles, such as they may have been.

 

Marilyn


Although LIFE was by no means a girlie magazine,
the Marilyn Monroe cover qualifies for the series.
It seems to have affected the model somewhat.



 

Amateur?


This one looks amateur.

 

Bill


Bill Wright gives us our only rear view of the day in this photo by Milo.

 

Richard



 

I think I detect a female form on the magazine 
Richard Sorkorum is looking at in this photo by Domenique.

Jack


I can't make out the magazine that Jack Virgil is reading, but Pat Milo, the photographer, 
was known to have kept a good supply of "men's" magazines.



 

Playboy


Our model here has the quintessential Playboy to enjoy.

 

Helmut


Here we have the ever popular Helmut Riedmeyer with 
what is likely a European cheesecake magazine.

 

Film Figure


This guy has his girlie mag and a hand towel at the ready.
Something tells me that wasn't a classic journal of the cinema.

 

Smug


Our last model with a girlie magazine is a smug looking 
young man who's dressed everywhere except where it matters most.





 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Fig Leaf Popup


Today I'm doing a quick popup series on muscular early 20th C. men in fig leaves.  
We start with F.W. Guerin who was a student of Prof. B.A ;McFadden.

 

Drama


We get some dramatic posing from this well muscled unknown model.

 

Unknown hailing a cab


The fig leaf on this unknown model looks like it was added after the fact,
leaving me thinking there was a full frontal nude at some point.

 


Bobby Pandur (sometimes Pandour) was quite a phenomenon in his day.  He was actually a Polish gymnast named Wladyslaw Kurcharczyk who moved to England just as interest in theatrical gymnastics was waning.  So he shifted to being a strongman and took up publishing training aids.  
His greatest financial success was on the American Vaudeville circuit. 

Yuganson


Finishing our fig leaf popup with a 1912 
Russian photo of a model named Yuganson.