Italy in the photographs of the 19th century from the collection of the Art Academy museum
The museum of the Academy of Fine Arts presents a photo exhibition “Italy in the photographs of the 19th century from the collection of the Art Academy museum” which was organized within the framework of the Cross-Culture year between Italy and Russia.
Italy, successor to the traditions of Antiquity, has always been one of the main sources of inspiration for painters, sculptors and architectures of academic style. The passion of modern people to travel and take pictures while travelling is well-known. Its origin can be traced back to the 1850s when so called carte de visite flourished all over countries. These small size photographic pictures were usually then bounded into albums thematically. Students of the Academy of Fine Arts from the late 19th century could basically enjoy Italian views through turning over pages of such albums. The very first photographs with Italian views from the collection of the museum of the Art Academy at those times were displayed at the Academy’s architectural studios. The highlights of the exhibition are carte de visite by famous Italian masters: Giacomo Brogi, P. Salviati, Alfredo Noak and others. Relevantly big photographs by unknown masters were usually hand-colored by painters, thus appearing to be paintings.
The exhibition is open from the 28th of May, 2014 till the 22nd of June, 2014 in the Blue Hall of the museum of the Academy of Fine Arts.