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Oversize albumen photograph of St. George by Donatello c.1890

Oversize albumen photograph of St. George by Donatello c.1890


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1314067

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A very large albumen print of the statue of St. George by Donatello. Originally sculpted about 1416 for the Orsanmichele in Florence, the statue and niche are now at the Bargello. The photograph is very large and dates to the last quarter of the 19th century. Since at that time there were no enlargers, the glass plate negative would have been of the same size as the image. A number of Italian photographers are known for taking images of Renaissance works, including Giorgio Sommer and Fratelli Alinari. The image 22 ¼ x 16 ¼ inches (56 x 41 cm) has been cut down (probably only a little) to fit the period frame that is 22 7/8 x 21 ¾ inches.

Condition: generally excellent (though cut down) with a little loss of surface at the upper edge (visible in the close up of the column).

All the images I can find online have the sculpture in a different niche than the one pictured here.