Sculptural Frieze by Cavelier, Minerva Surrounded by the Muses of the Arts

A work made of cyanotype.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cyanotype.

Date:

c. 1868

Artist:

Adolphe Terris
French, 1820–1900

About this artwork

A founding member of the Société Marseillaise de Photographie, Adolphe Terris was commissioned over a nearly 20-year period beginning in the early 1860s to document the large-scale public construction projects that were modernizing the city of Marseilles. He photographed the medieval streets of the old city as well as the newer railroad tracks, canals, boulevards, and government buildings. A print such as this would have been used as a reference for an architect (cyanotypes, or blue prints, could be made relatively easily and quickly), who could show building sponsors different proposed ornaments. Terris’s image of a plaster study by sculptor Pierre-Jules Cavelier reveals that even in a forward-looking building campaign, the preferred decoration harkened back to classical motifs.

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Artist

Adolphe Terris

Title

Sculptural Frieze by Cavelier, Minerva Surrounded by the Muses of the Arts

Origin

France

Date

Made 1863–1873

Medium

Cyanotype

Dimensions

27.5 × 37.5 cm (image); 27.5 × 38.1 (paper)

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1998.24

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