Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano, Rome, Italy; Fratelli Alinari; ca. 1880-1910;...

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Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop

Name/Title

Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano, Rome, Italy

About this object

Leopoldo Alinari opened a photographic studio in Florence in either 1850 or 1852 with Giuseppe Bardi. The studio was known as Fratelli Alinari presso Bardi (Alinari Brothers for Bardi). Leopoldo, along with his two brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo, purchased the studio from Bardi in 1854 and formed the company Fratelli Alinari Fotografi Editori. Leopoldo acted as the photographer with Giuseppe as the organizer and Romualdo as the administrator. The studio primarily reproduced works of art and made views of Tuscany, Rome and Pisa. Leopoldo died in 1865, followed by Giuseppe in 1890 and Romualdo in 1891. Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A was then run from 1892-1918 by Leopoldo’s son Vittorio, with assistance from Giuseppe’s son Arturo. The studio was active from 1854-1920.

St. Peter’s Basilica (formally The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican) is a famous Renaissance church in Vatican City, Rome. It is regarded as the most renowned of Renaissance architecture and is the largest church in the world. It was designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Mademo, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Old St. Peter’s Basilica resided on this site from the 4th century until construction for the new Basilica began on April 18th, 1506, with completion occurring on November 18th 1626. The dome of the Basilica is a dominating feature in Rome’s skyline, and the church is approached through St. Peter’s Square. The famous Pietà by Michelangelo is also found here. This Alinari print highlights one of the impressive works of Bernini, the baldacchino. It is found beneath the giant dome and above the altar, and claims to be the largest piece of bronze worldwide. Bernini defied tradition and designed a baldacchino unlike any other.

Place Made

Vatican City, Italy

Maker

Fratelli Alinari

Maker Role

Studio

Format

Mounted photograph

Date Made

ca. 1880-1910

Medium and Materials

Albumen Print

Inscription and Marks

verso: [pencil] 5922 Roma - Bas. di San Pietro [illegible Italian] Bernini 5922 .A411 Me. 1 79:117:3 verso: [stamped in red ink] ALINARI

Measurements

Image: 24.9 cm 18.9 cm
Overall: 24.9 cm 18.9 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

Italy

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1880s

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1890s

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1900's

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1910s

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Architecture

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Albumen

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19th century photography

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Alinari

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architectural details

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17th century architecture

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interior

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fresco

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Church

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Chapel

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marble

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Vatican

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St. Peter's Basilica

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Bernini

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Baldacchino

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dome

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Rome

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Michelangelo

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16th century architecture

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Renaissance

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Basilica

Credit Line

David Freund

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

1979:0117:0003

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