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American Adonis: Tony Sansone, The First Male Physique Icon First Edition Edition
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Tony Sansone is important because he circulated in fascinating intersecting circles which existed in the early 20th century in New York and Hollywood. Born the son of poor Italian immigrants in Brooklyn, by sheer grit Tony rose to become a protege of the powerful publisher Bernarr Macfadden, one of the wealthiest men in America and even once a candidate for president.
Through Macfadden and his famous bodybuilding exhibitions at Madison Square Garden he met Charles Atlas, who became a friend and fan. By his late teens Tony was stepping into the worlds of art, theater, bodybuilding, and moviedom.
None other than Gertrude Whitney facilitated his career and used him as a model as did other lesser scuptors of the period. Sculptures from these associations are still held in the Whitney Museum of American Art's collections.Read more ›
As the pictures are from the early part of the 20th century, I also thoroughly enjoyed the way in which the photographer captured Tony. And though the images are not paritcular homoerotic, I did not find this to be a negative, actually I found it a refreshing respite from the Abercrombie style homoeroticism that most books in the genre love to portray. In the end, all I can say is you are sure to enjoy this book if you appreciate classic Roman/Greco beauty.
John Massey, an art historian who has lectured at the Birmingham Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, has gathered many of the finest photographs of Tony Sansone and has presented them in this book that can only he heralded as an homage to the king of bodybuilding. The photographs are vintage and reflect the quality of photography of the first half of the 20th century, but that does not diminish the impact of viewing this astonishing example of male physique. Of note, 'Tony Sansone, 6 feet tall, 185 lbs had muscles that were highly defined but did not display the massive bulkiness common in modern bodybuilding. Sansone, in fact, took no interest in measurements, preferring a look that was more slender and flexible. His training included weightlifting, running, swimming, and gymnastics. Sansone was especially strong in parallel bar work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The print is so small and the photos are repeated again as filler altho there is some worth to its history of Broadway theatre and bodybuilding in the early 20th century.Published 18 months ago by Roc
Great book...was my introduction to Tony Sansone and his history in body building and modeling.Published 18 months ago by RJ
From both an artistic and historical perspective this book is worth while having. The images follow the pictorialist tradition. The poses are elegant.Published on August 2, 2012 by Careful Buyer