Artist: Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824–1872)
Printer: Imprimerie photographique de Blanquart-Évrard, à Lille (French, active 1851–55)
Medium: Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions: Image: 23.5 x 31 cm (9 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
Mount: 44.6 x 60.2 cm (17 9/16 x 23 11/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number: 2005.100.373.100
Despite the blinding desert light, Salzmann sensitively renders the undulating forms of the church’s structure, accumulated over centuries, in this view of the apse and dome. Unable to record the interior with his camera, he photographed every angle he could of the exterior. In the late 1860s, as part of an international effort to repair the church led by France’s Empress Eugénie, Salzmann was commissioned to decorate its interior as a painter. He fell out of favor with the lead architect, however, and may not have completed the project.