Archive for daguerreotype

Doric

Posted in Architecture, Philosophy, Photo with tags , , , on November 17, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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“…I went to Paestum, and there saw Doric temples for the first time, symbols of severity, simplicity, harmony, and strength. There was the pure vein to be traced in the quartz of Roman accumulations and grossness…

Doric purity is not a thing to be expected again in history, at least not yet. It indicates a people that knows its small place in the universe and yet asserts its dignity. In early Christian art there may be simplicity and naïveté, but never self-knowledge. The aspiration in it is childlike. For anything like Doric fortitude in the West we must look to the castles, not to the churches; and the castles are Christian only by association. Here then was an ultimate point of reference, a principle of manly purity, to mark one extreme in the moral scale of all human arts…”

Text: George Santayana, My Host the World. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953
Image: Alexander John Ellis, two daguerreotypes of the temple of Hera at Paestum, 1841. via Getty Images

 

Homme barbu (Clésinger) à l’allure sombre

Posted in Photo with tags , , on November 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Gustave Le Gray
daguerreotype, 1848
Private Collection?

Library of Hadrian, 1842

Posted in Greece, Photo with tags , , on August 31, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Library of Hadrian, 1842, BN de France
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Library of Hadrian
Daguerreotype, 1842
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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Victory, 1850

Posted in Greece, Photo with tags , , , on August 30, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros, Deesse de la Victoire, Acropolis, 1850, BN de France
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros
Déesse de la Victoire rattachant sa sandale dans le temple de la Victoire Aptère à Athènes
Daguerreotype, 1850
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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The Parthenon Frieze, 1850

Posted in Greece, Photo with tags , , , on August 29, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros, Detail of the Parthenon Frieze, North Side, 1850, Mus. d'Orsay.
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros
Detail of the Parthenon Frieze, North Side
Daguerreotype, 1850
Musée d’Orsay
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Monument of Lysicrates, 1850

Posted in Greece, Photo with tags , , on August 28, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros, Monument of Lysicrates, Athens, May 1850, Geo. Eastman Mus.
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros
Monument of Lysicrates, Athens
Daguerreotype, May 1850
George Eastman Museum
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Odeion of Herodes Atticus, c. 1847

Posted in Greece, Photo with tags , , , on August 27, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
Philippos Margaritis & Philibert Perraud, The Odeion of Herodes Atticus, c.1847, J. Paul Getty Museum.jpg
Philippos Margaritis and Philibert Perraud
Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Athens
Daguerreotype, c. 1847
J. Paul Getty Museum