Paestum: Interior of the Temple of Neptune, Sommer & Behles;   attributed, Giorgio Sommer, Edmondo Behles
Sommer & Behles, Giorgio Sommer, Edmondo Behles
Paestum: Interior of the Temple of Neptune
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Sommer & Behles attributed
Giorgio Sommer
Edmondo Behles

Paestum: Interior of the Temple of Neptune, ca. 1860


Blatt
38.0 x 27.4 cm
Karton
43.5 x 31.4 cm
Physical Description
Salt print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.1660
Acquisition
Acquired in 1864 as a gift from Gerhard Malß
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The photographic collection of the Städel Museum grew continuously, also thanks to gifts from private persons. Gerhard Malß, who succeeded Johann David Passavant as director of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in 1861, devoted himself to the collection’s further development. In 1864 he donated photos from his private holdings to the Städel, including views of Neptune Temple in Paestum. They had been taken by one of the most successful photographers of the time. Under the Italianized first name Giorgio, Georg Sommer—who had trained as a businessman in Frankfurt—opened photo studios in Rome and Naples in 1856/57. He and Edmund/Edmondo Behles of Stuttgart together also explored the south of Italy. In the 1860s it was a region that had not yet been exploited for tourism while at the same time its many ancient buildings

offered a wealth of motifs. For the shootings, the photographers stepped into the role of ‘staffage’ themselves.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Paestum: Interior of the Temple of Neptune
Studio
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Salt print mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet recto oben links auf dem Untersatzkarton: Handschriftlich: A; N.37538.
Bezeichnet recto oben links auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: 9136
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf dem Untersatzkarton: Handschriftlich: Geschenk v. G. Malß; S; Paestum

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1864 as a gift from Gerhard Malß

Work Content

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Primary
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(PAESTUM) names of cities and villages (PAESTUM)
  • 61F(TEMPIO DI POSEIDONE (Paestum)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (TEMPIO DI POSEIDONE (Paestum))
  • 48C613 portrait, self-portrait of photographer
  • 12B61 temple, shrine ~ non-Christian religions
  • 48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture
  • 48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture
  • 31D14 adult man

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19.02.2024