Capital, Greco-Roman Theater, Miletus (71. Milet. Théatre ant. chap.)

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey French

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In 1842, the artist, archaeologist, and pioneer photographer Girault de Prangey embarked on a three-year photographic excursion around the eastern Mediterranean to study the origins of Islamic architecture. He returned to France in 1845 with at least 1,000 daguerreotypes, including this sculptural detail from a pillar near the theater of the ancient Greek city of Miletus in Turkey. The Neried, or se nymph, is indicative of the importance and proximity of the Mediterranean Sea.

Capital, Greco-Roman Theater, Miletus (71. Milet. Théatre ant. chap.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (French, 1804–1892), Daguerreotype

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