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Creator Name: Marville, Charles
Creator Nationality: French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1816 - 1879
Biography: Charles Marville French, 1816-c. 1879At the invitation of the city of Paris, photographer Charles Marville was among the first to document the ancient quarters of his birthplace. His views, taken in the late 1850s, were intended to record the many buildings and neighborhoods ultimately destroyed by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann's urban planning project that would create the boulevards and open spaces of modern Paris. While Marville's survey of the city, extensive and thorough in scope, prefigured other important efforts of its kind, it is distinguished by its emotional accessibility. His work beautifully reveals a Paris that has long disappeared. Originally trained as a painter and illustrator, Marville worked with both calotype and glass plate negatives. He photographed in France, Italy, Germany, and Algeria, becoming most well known for his architectural imagery but also producing acclaimed landscapes and studies of trees. Many of Marville's early views, often considered his best, were included in the albums of Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Évrard before the printer's establishment in Lille closed in 1855. Named official photographer of Paris in 1862, Marville also served as photographer to the Imperial Museum of the Louvre and to King Vittorio Emmanuelle of Italy. T.W.F.
Creator Birth Place: Paris, France
Creator Name-CRT: Charles Marville
Title: Tympanum, Strasbourg Cathedral
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1858
Creation End Date: 1868
Creation Date: c. 1863
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photograph
Materials and Techniques: albumen print from wet collodion negative
Dimensions: Image: 27.2cm x 35.7cm, Mounted: 43.4cm x 62.1cm
Inscriptions: Written in pencil on recto: "Strasbourg/tympau(?) de la Chapelle St. Vincent de Paul." Embossed on mount: "CH MARVILLE/PHOTOGRAPHE/DU MUSEE IMPERIAL/DU LOUVRE"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.149
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.149
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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