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Temple of Vesta

Artist:
Pietro Dovizielli (Italian, 1804–1885)
Date:
1850s
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
Mount: 19 3/8 in. × 27 1/16 in. (49.2 × 68.7 cm) Image: 11 9/16 × 15 1/2 in. (29.3 × 39.3 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.1095
Not on view
Dovizielli was awarded a bronze medal at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris, where he exhibited twelve views of Rome and its environs. One French critic mused, “How can one not admire the luminous and warm-toned photographs exhibited by Mr. Dovizielli of Rome?” In this view of the second-century b.c. Temple of Vesta (now known as the Temple of Hercules Victor, or Round Temple), the classical structure and its nearby fountain seem to be composed of shimmering planes of light.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BL: "69"; printed on mount, recto BC: "Tempio di Vesta"; blindstamp of P. Dovizielli, Rome on mount, recto BR
[Graphics International, Ltd., Washington, DC]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, May 4, 1979

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

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