JAMES ANDERSON Set of 8 Original 1850's Silver Albumen Prints from Glass Plates
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A truly rare and spectacular find, this set of eight original silver albumen prints circa 1850’s take us through Rome and Vatican City with photographer James Anderson. Created from glass plates, striking contrast and alluring shadows capture some of the most famous sculptures and iconic myths in Europe. Newly framed in high quality museum grade materials in order to preserve these rare antique prints.
"Sculpture of the Boxer Creugas” by Antonio Canova was made in tandem with a statue of the boxer Damoxenos. Cruegas of Durrres and Damoxenos of Syracuse faced each other in the legendary Nemean Games. The pair was so evenly matched that they boxed for hours with no tipping the balance of powers. The two men decided to give and receive an undefended blow to determine the winner: Creugas struck Damoxenos in the head, Damoxenos struck Creugas in the side and tore out his intestines. Creugas was determined the winner posthumously due to unsportsman-like conduct. This sculpture is featured in the Octagonal Courtyard of the Vatican.
"Laocoon and His Sons" by Agesander, Athenodoros, and Polydorus depicts the Trojan priest Laocoon flanked by his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus entangled by sea serpents in a vicious attack. Based on the Ancient Greek figure, this story has many versions, but the two most popular were by Sophocles and by Virgil. Some say he was punished for attempting to expose the ruse of the Trojan Horse, others say he was punished for unholy practices with his wife. All in all, he was either punished for being right, or for doing wrong, in the eyes of either Apollo or Poseidon. One of the two gods sent the serpents to murder Laocoon and his offspring. Antonio Canova performed some restorations on this piece when it returned to Rome from Paris in 1816.
"Apollo Del Belvedere” after Leochares shows the Greek god standing, having just shot an arrow. This statue is highly regarded for its technique and posture. It is located in the Vatican Palace.
"Discobolus of Myron" is an Ancient Greek sculpture circa 460-450 BC. The Classical Period piece has long been admired for the perfect moment of rhythmos captured, invoking harmony and balance. Myron focused on clean and harmonious perfection in every aspect of the figure, even at the sacrifice of realism. Currently located in Rome.
"Hermes" Museo Pio Clementino is an Ancient Roman sculpture. Long identified as the Belvedere Antinous, it was deemed to be the likeness of Herme based on the cloak and relaxed contrapposto posing of the figure. It is located in Rome as a part of the Vatican collection.
"Leaning Satyr" attributed to Praxiteles resembles many of the sculptural satyrs that Praxiteles created, straying from the brutish beasts of pottery and instead taking a smoother, more human facade.
"Meleager and the Calydonian Boar" possibly by Antonio Canova embodies the Greek hero Meleager, who bravely led a troop of warrior to hunt and kill the problematic Calydonian boar. The hero stands proudly next to the head of the slain boar, with his faithful hound beside him. Located in Rome as part of the Vatican collection.
"Perseo de Canova" by Antonio Canova depicts the youthful Perseus holding the severed head of the gorgon Medusa. He wears his signature winged hat and holds a sword. Located in Vatican City.
About the Photographer:
James Anderson (1813-1877), born Isaac Atkinson in Scotland, moved to Rome in 1838 after studying painting in Paris under the name William Nugent Dunbar. Shortly after establishing a sculpting career in Rome, he opened a photography studio in 1853. Skilled at reproductions, Anderson also specialized in photographing sculptures and antiquities. His preferred methodology was albumen prints with glass plate negatives.
About the Process:
The Albumen Print process was originally published in 1847 by Louis Desire Blanquart-Evrard. An emulsion of egg whites and salt coats a cotton page and dries to seal the paper and create a glossy sheen. A coat of silver nitrate is applied to create a UV sensitive surface. It is fried before being placed under a glass plate negative and exposed to UV rays. The light passes through the glass until the image on the paper achieves its ideal level of darkness. Stabilizers are then applied to stop the exposure process. This method was the first commercially exploitable photographic printing process, helping its popularity. Also, because the image was held within the albumen layer and not within the fibers of the paper itself, the contrast was richer and the detail greater.
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16"W x 21"H each