Exhibitions/ Art Object

[South Portal, Chartres Cathedral]

Artist:
Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris)
Date:
1854
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
21.5 x 15.5 cm (8 7/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.292
Not on view
The deep shadows framing this doorway at Chartres create spatial depth and draw the viewer’s gaze toward a tiny detail: a small lamp hanging in the center of the open doorway. Marville’s keen ability to harness the play of light, especially against three-dimensional surfaces, made him a sought-after photographer of architecture and sculpture. This print was formerly in the collection of the sculptor Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume, who contributed to the restoration of Chartres in the 1850s and frequently hired Marville to photograph his work.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in the negative, center left: "CHARTRES. / [C]h. Marville. / 1854."
Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy Dechaume; his descendents; Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris (2000)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," September 29, 2013–January 5, 2014.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris," January 27, 2014–May 4, 2014.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," June 13, 2014–September 14, 2014.

Chappey, Frédéric. De Plâtre et d'Or: Geoffroy-Dechaume, Sculpteur Romantique de Viollet-le-Duc. L'Isle-Adam: Val d'oise editions, 1998.

Kennel, Sarah. Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. Washington, D.C.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. no. 19, p. 19.



This photograph shows the 13th-century jamb figures of the apostles John, James the Major, James the Minor, and Bartholomew on the right side of the central portal of the South Porch of Chartres Cathedral.
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