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Photograph

Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Munich (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salted paper print with watercolour

  • Museum number:

    60-1961

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 357, box A

It is likely that the altar was made on the occasion of the marriage of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria (1528-79) and Anna of Austria (1528-90) in 1546. The left door is decorated with the Bavarian coat of arms and the right door with the Austrian coat of arms.

The Bavarian king, Ludwig II (1845-86), wished to encourage craftsmanship by having fine copies made of items in the royal collection. The photographs were hand-coloured, because colour photography did not become commercially available until the early 20th century. Salted paper, which had a matte surface, was preferred for hand-painted photographs in the second half of the 19th century.

Physical description

Front view of a house altar made for Duke Albrecht of Bavaria in the Treasury of the Rich Chapel in the Royal Palace at Munich. Mounted on card. The photograph (salted paper print) is hand-coloured, with watercolour on one half of the image.

It is likely that the altar was made on the occasion of the marriage of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria (1528-1579) and Anna of Austria (1528-1590) in 1546. The left door is decorated with the Bavarian coat of arms and the right door with the Austrian coat of arms.

Place of Origin

Munich (photographed)

Date

ca. 1875 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Salted paper print with watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 42.5 cm, Width: 28.5 cm

Object history note

It is likely that the altar was made on the occasion of the marriage of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria (1528-1579) and Anna of Austria (1528-1590) in 1546. The left door is decorated with the Bavarian coat of arms and the right door with the Austrian coat of arms. The Bavarian king, Ludwig II (1845-1886), wished to encourage craftsmanship by having fine copies made of items in the royal collection. Since colour photography became commercially available only in the early 20th century the photographs were hand-coloured. Salted paper, which had a matte surface, was preferred for hand-painted photographs in the second half of the 19th century.

Purchased from F.X. Zettler, Munich, 1877

Descriptive line

Hand-coloured photograph of a portable altar; 19thC; Anon, Hand coloured photograph of a cabinet

Labels and date

It is likely that the altar was made on the occasion of the marriage of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria (1528-1579) and Anna of Austria (1528-1590) in 1546. The left door is decorated with the Bavarian coat of arms and the right door with the Austrian coat of arms. The Bavarian king, Ludwig II (1845-1886), wished to encourage craftsmanship by having fine copies made of items in the royal collection. Since colour photography became commercially available only in the early 20th century the photographs were hand-coloured. Salted paper, which had a matte surface, was preferred for hand-painted photographs in the second half of the 19th century. [2002]

Production Note

Attribution note: Purchased from F.X. Zettler, Munich, 1877
Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms; Altar

Categories

Photographs

Production Type

Unlimited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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