Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Casa di Rienzi, Rome

Unknown (British)
ca. 1855
Salted paper print from paper negative
Image: 16.4 x 21.3 cm (6 7/16 x 8 3/8 in.) Sheet: 17 x 21.8 cm (6 11/16 x 8 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852
Taken from the portico of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, this photograph shows the Casa di Rienzi (now called the Casa dei Crescenzi), built about 1100 from classical spolia and medieval copies of ancient ornament. For travelers on the Grand Tour, Rome was the ultimate destination-the central locus of classical civilization-and the way its layered history was embedded within the city's modern life made for fascinating pictures.
Malmesbury House, Wiltshire; [E. Weil, London], by 1946

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 5," June 14, 1994–August 28, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs. "Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy," March 13, 2017–August 13, 2017.

This print is from a group of photographs found at Malmsbury House, an estate near Lacock Abbey.
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