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

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Anonymous 19th Century Academic Male Nude

This nicely executed 19th century male nude popped up on one of the European eBay sites this morning. It needs a good cleaning, some minor conservation repair, and a new stretcher but is worth preserving.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Adolf Schmidlin (1868-1954): Portrait of a Young Girl

Being a painter myself I am always on the lookout for beautiful examples of portrait painting. Of course this is not a nude, however, it is a beautiful example of a 19th century trained hand and eye. Adolf Schmidlin (1868-1954) was a well known German painter who specialized in the portrait. There is nothing I love better than a well executed portrait and what can compare to this beautiful portrait of a little girl? The drawing, color palette, and application of paint to canvas is superb. I wanted to post this little gem separately to keep it from getting lost in the crowd.

Title: Portrait of a Young Girl
Artist: Adolf Schmidlin (1868-1954)
Materials: Oils on Canvas
Dated: (19--)(?)

Old Masters and 19th Century Drawings From La Portantina di Mattia Jona - Milan, Italy

Our friend at La Portantina di Mattia Jona in Milan, Italy has just listed some new acquisitions to his gallery offerings. If you are a collector of Old Masters or Contemporary Italian works then please take a few minutes to visit his website at:

He has some really beautiful works for sale if you are interested. They get a bit pricey, but there are some offerings there for every pocketbook. Mr. Jona speaks English fluently and is a very knowledgeable and gracious host. Take a few minutes and sign up for his newsletter and he will include you in his mailings.

Guido Ariste Sartorio (1860-1932): Two Male figures Dressed in Ancient Roman Attire

Ercole Procaccini the Younger (1605-1675): Study of a Male Figure Kneeling in Prayer

Emilio Borsa (1857-1931): Sketch of a Standing Nude Woman Near a Tree

Cherubino Cornienti (1816-1860): Amor Senza rispetto (Eros and Numphs)

Baldassarree Franceschini - called Il Volterrano (1611-1689): Three Studies of a Female

Anonymous 17th Century Artist: Studies of Figures After Giovanni Da Udine

Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860: A Neoclassical Allegory Celebrating Napolean

Nicola Cianfanelli (1783-1848): A Fight of Ancient Soldiers

Mario Gandolfi (1764-1834): Cupid Sleeping Beneath a Blanket Tied to a Tree

Luca Giordano (1634-1705): Figure Studies for Christ Driving the Moneychangers From The Temple

Selene Scuri Halizzi (1845-1925): The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

Pietro Fancelli (1764-1850): Standing Male Figure in Classical Attire

December 2012: Sculptures at Auction

I thought I would post some of the backlog of images I have from December. The first selection is from the myriad of sculptures up for auction in the various European Auction houses in December 2012. The lots range from bronzes and ceramics to a few figures in clay. Enjoy.
French school- Late 19th Century: Krabbenfanger

Monnogrammist "GB" - Standing Nude Boy - ca. 1920

Charles Perron: Two Puti Carrying a Basket - 1880

Janet Scudder (1869-1940): Frog Baby - 1889

Peter Grossbach (1934-1988): Standing Boy

Unknown Artist: Nude Boy in Ivory - 19th Century

George Minne (1866-1941): L'adolescent I

Unknown Hungarian Artist: Nude Boy on a Lilypad -  Glass Figure 1900

Unknown Artist: Nude Boy with Fish - Ceramic bowl

Ferdinand Sievert (?): Knabe vom Berge

Istvan Szentgyorgyi (1881-1931): Nude Boy

Unknown Artist (Early 20th Century): Standing Nude Boy

Mark Vedres (1870-1961): Nude Boy Playing The Flute

Unknown Artist - Art Deco Terracotta figure - Female Nude

Unknown Artist - French School - Circa 1900

Unknown Hungarian Artist: Pan baratsag kompozicioval - 1902

Unknown Italian Artist: Roman fighter

Johannes Gotz (1865-1934) Achillies

Unknown Artist - Italian School: Allegorie des Wassers Hohe

emmanuel Hannaux (1855-1934): Buste eines Kriegers mit Helm

Herman Haase (1879-1960): Abschied - Amazons

Paul Juckoff (1874-1936): Der Treueschwur (The Pledge of Allegiance)

Manno Miltiades (1880-1935): Kurzstreckenlaufer beim Start

Rudolf Marcuse (1878-1929): Schwertkampfer

Friedrich Goldscheider (1845-1897): Cast Ceramic Figure (After)

Unknown Hungarian Artist: Kneeling Male Nude

Unknown Italian Artist - Late 19th Century

Victor Heinrich Seifort (1870-1953): Griechischer Krieger mit Schwert

Unknown Artist: Standing Male Nude - ca. 1910-1920

Unknown Artist - Sitting Female Nude

Joseph Uphues (1850-1911): The Hunter

Small Ceramics from the Rosenthal Factory - Early 20th Century:

Ferdinand Liebermann (1883-1941): All of the above Figures)

Paul Rosanowski (?): Above

Rudolf Marcuse (1878-1930): Female Figure ca. 1920

A. Caasmann (?):  Ca. 1929