Inspired by the Sicilian landscape and by the romantic idea that Europeans have of Southern Italy, the photographer portrays the boys of Taormina in the form of classical figures, covered only in drapes. The study of ancient civilizations was then more popular than at any time since the Renaissance, and Wilhelm became a student of antiquity. He secretly provided dowries for daughters of poor families whose potential husbands were young men of whom Wilhelm was fond. Later, they lay together in the warm meadows of Monte Ziretto with the sound of summer cicadas singing in the cool of pre-dawn. Wilhelm, already in his late fifties, would have preferred to stay in Italy but could not bear the thought of his sister in the harsh environment of a camp. Snow-capped Mount Etna hovers in the distance. He was capable of turning his defense against the charges of pornography into an astonishing defense of the memory of Wilhelm von Gloeden, and of his life and his art.