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[Still Life with Statuary]

Artist:
Hippolyte Bayard (French, 1801–1887)
Date:
Early 1850s
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 26.2 x 20.2 cm (10 5/16 x 7 15/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, William Talbott Hillman Foundation Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.379
Not on view
One of the most creative practitioners of the photographic medium during its initial years, Bayard trained his camera on a remarkable variety of subjects. Studies of plaster casts were among his earliest and most inventive photographs. The Frenchman drew from his collection of almost forty statuettes to orchestrate a mythological theater before the camera. Here, Bayard draws back a curtain to reveal a meticulously arranged scene of casts on staggered pedestals, with cupid at the apex poised to release
his arrow.
Inscription: Initialed in the negative, BC: "H B"
Hippolyte Bayard; [...]; (sold, Sotheby's, London, May 10, 1990, lot 282); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Howard Gilman Gallery: Inaugural Installation," October 16, 1997–February 1, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Master Photographs from the Gilman Collection: A Landmark Acquisition," June 28, 2005–September 6, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 70," February 8, 2016–June 6, 2016.

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