The model who posed for the infamous painting “Parsing Bill” says he can’t believe he wound up hanging in the home of mega-rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
“I was absolutely stunned to find out that Epstein bought the painting during a major event at the school,” Christophe Nayel told blog artnet.
Nayel donned the blue dress and red heels in 2012 as he posed for Austrailian artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, who created the artwork at the New York Academy of Art.
The painting was later sold at a fundraising auction for the school, according to the report, and wound up on the wall of Epstein’s Upper East Side home.
Nayel, who has modeled for the art academy for nearly two decades, says that scores of former art students could tell who was the inspiration behind the subject’s lower limbs.
“Some past students even recognized my legs in that painting,” said Nayel, who proudly showed off snapshots from the original modeling session on social media.
Nayel appeared happy that last week’s revelation about how the painting was found in Epstein’s home gave him the opportunity to show off his legs to a wide audience.
“In the news and out of the shadow!” he wrote on Facebook after the painting made waves online.
Sources told The Post the eccentric artwork was prominently displayed by Epstein before his arrest on sex charges, and his apparent suicide on Aug. 10.
Ryan-Kleid, who is based in New York, also told The Post that she also had “no idea” that her art, which was created as part of her master’s thesis at the New York Academy of Art, was hanging inside the convicted pedophile’s mansion.
“When the school put on a fundraiser at the Tribeca Ball that year, they sold my painting to one of the attendees. I had no idea who the buyer was at the time,” Ryan-Kleid said in an email. “As with most of my paintings, I had completely lost track of this piece when it was sold seven years ago. So it was a complete surprise to me to learn yesterday that it wound up in Epstein’s home.”
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