"The Chest" (1975-78) is a stunning, super-cropped black and white photograph and a sublime example of the quietly erotic nude images by female artist Dianora Niccolini, widely regarded as one of the pioneering photographers of the male nude. This gelatin silver print is edition 1/25, measures 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) is unframed and in excellent condition. She began her photographic career in the Sixties upon meeting world-renowned photographer Weegee, whom became a friend and mentor.
Niccolini's photographs are in many of the world's top permanent Museum collections and her work has been the subject of countless solo and group exhibitions since the early 1970's. In 1975, an exhibition of her work was threatened with closure by New York City police. Of that exhibit, Sunday New York Times art critic Gene Thornton wrote "Dianora Niccolini . . . comes about as close to idealization as is possible in photography." Her work has quietly influenced many famous photographers of the male nude, including Robert Mapplethorpe.