Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Arch of the Argentarii, or, Goldsmith's Gate, Rome]

Artist:
Unknown
Date:
1860s
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
51.6 x 40.8 cm. (20 5/16 x 16 1/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1036.2
Not on view
The large scale, historic subject matter, and elegant formal organization of this picture attest to the photographer's high aesthetic ambitions. The Goldsmith's Gate, or Arch of the Goldsmith, was built by bankers and cattle merchants in A.D. 204 in honor of Septimius Severus and his family; the interior relief sculpture depicts the Roman emperor with his wife, Julia Domna. The site was recorded by many photographers who traveled to Rome, including Robert Macpherson and John Shaw Smith, but-as with many other extraordinary nineteenth-century photographs-the author of this work is unknown.
Inscription: Inscribed in negative, LC: "10."
William Schaeffer

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

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