“A mirror endowed with memory…” Photography, Artists & the Art Market in late 19C Florence

6 June 2018 - 18:00

Lecture in English by  Lynn Catterson


This talk takes as its point of departure the first moments when photographs began to replace engravings as a means of reproducing art.  The site of this transition was the Florentine print shop of Luigi Bardi, who encouraged and supported the young Leopoldo Alinari (1832-1865) to set up an adjacent laboratory for photography in 1853.  Using as a case study the 100-year activity of the dealers Stefano & Ugo Bardini, with its photo archive of some 15,000 photographs, this talk examines the many ways the various types of photographs were used in the service of transacting art.


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