Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Scene of Murder and Decapitation]

Artist:
Unknown (French)
Date:
ca. 1870
Medium:
Photocollage of albumen silver prints and paper with applied media
Dimensions:
21.9 x 27.9cm (8 5/8 x 11in.) Frame: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Classifications:
Photographs, Collages
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.332
Not on view
One can only guess at the strange psychosexual narrative that lay behind the making of this image and others in a private album that featured a small cast of characters repeatedly bound, beheaded, or burned at the stake, sometimes at the hands of their own doppelgangers.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Mia Fineman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 105, pp. 116, 234.



There is a photocollage on the verso of this image which incorporates many of the same figures and pictorial elements.

According to the vendor, this photocollage came from an album found in Lyon, France. See bibliography for related images.
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