The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hermann Volkerling (1875-1924):Standing Male Nude With Orb (Adam With His Apple?)


Portrait of Hermann Volkerling (above)


Last night at auction I bought an academic male nude by Hermann Volkerling (1875-1924). The figure is depicted from behind holding what the seller described as "an orb." Knowing what I do about the 19th century Art Academy I suspect that orb is an apple and the figure is a representation of the Biblical "Adam." That's just my opinion and not gospel delivered from above or below. I was unable to dig up much biographical information on Volkerling (don't forget the umlaut on the o) other than he was a painter, studied at the Academie in Wroclaw in the late 19th century, and under Carl Marr in Munich. I will probably send this one down to the conservation lab and have the damage to the varnish repaired and restored.


Caption: Standing Male Nude with Orb (possibly depiction of Adam)

Artist: Hermann Volkerling (1875-1924)

Material: Oils on 19th century Artist Board

Dated: circa. 1900


Here is another example of Volkerling's works:


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