This magnificent albumen photograph was shot in Pompéi by Wilhelm von Plüschow ca 1890.
I think this photograph belongs to a series shot in the Casa dei Vettii.
If I am not mistaken, the model is Pasqualino.
Von Plûschow built up this scene in a very artistic and pictorial way, playing with the light and the shade, with the colors contrast, and with the vertical and horizontal lines.
The homoerotic overtones are mixed with a subtle melancholia, like a meditation about fate and the feeting time, and indeed about Pompéi's destruction in 79 AD.
This is really a masterpiece...
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