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
Giorgio Sommer
Edmondo Behles

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

38 x 27.4 cm
43.5 x 31.4 cm
Physical Description
Salt print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1864 as a gift from Gerhard Malß
Not on display


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.

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