Italian Dagger, 16th Century, Léon Vidal
Léon Vidal
Italian Dagger, 16th Century
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Léon Vidal

Italian Dagger, 16th Century, ca. 1876


Bild
32.4 x 17.7 cm
Physical Description
Vidal photochromy
Inventory Number
St.F.199
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Uta and Wilfried Wiegand. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

The world is a colourful place, but it would be several decades before this was properly represented in photography. Léon Vidal was one of the pioneers of colour photography. In 1872 he registered his photochromy technique in Paris. In this highly elaborate photomechanical printing method, which requires several black-and-white negatives, colour is added in the final stages of the production process. This photograph shows a masterpiece of goldsmithery, a sixteenth-century dagger, against a blood-red background.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Italian Dagger, 16th Century
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Vidal photochromy
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto oben Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Druckschrift: MUSÉE NATIONAL DU LOUVRE; GALERIE D'APOLLON
Bezeichnet recto Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Druckschrift: ATELIERS DE PHOTOCHROMIE DU MONITEUR, PROCÉDÉ LÉON VIDAL Be. S. G. D. G., 13 QUAI VOLTAIRE, PARIS
Bezeichnet recto unten Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Druckschrift: POIGNARD ITALIEN; XVI E. SIÈCLE

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Uta and Wilfried Wiegand. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 45C13(DAGGER) hacking and thrusting weapons: dagger
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)

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02.12.2020