Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Dismantled Wood Panelling Photographed in a Courtyard with Photographer Reflected in Mirror Above Mantelpiece]

Unknown (French)
Gelatin silver print
38.4 x 53.5 cm. (15 1/8 x 21 1/16 in.)
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Museum Accession
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Not on view
This unusual object was made by aligning photographs of interior wood paneling, such as one might find in a nineteenth-century drawing room. Although the photographer and his assistant included a photograph of a mirror in the center of the composition, it reflects not the trappings of a traditional bourgeois home but rather themselves with their camera in an open-air courtyard. The pleasurable visual game viewers play to make sense of this photograph harks back to a tradition of representing mirrored reflections, the most famous example of which is Velázquez's Las Meninas (1656; Museo del Prado, Madrid).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 43," May 9, 2006–August 28, 2006.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 58," January 10, 2012–May 6, 2012.

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