Still Life With Plaster Casts

Object Details

Title:

Still Life With Plaster Casts

Artist/Maker(s):

Baron Armand-Pierre Séguier (French, 1803 - 1876)

possibly in assocation with Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (French, 1787 - 1851)

Culture:

French

Date:

1839 - 1842

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Dimensions:

20.3 x 15.2 cm (8 x 6 in.)

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Baron Séguier was part of a small circle of amateurs that surrounded Jacques-Louis-Mandé Daguerre. Daguerre invented the daguerreotype, the process announced to the world in 1839 that produces highly detailed positive images on silver-coated copper plates. Some of the first successful daguerreotypes depicted arrangements of small-scale plaster copies of sculpture. The exceptionally long exposure times precluded the use of living models, a problem that would not be resolved until about 1841.

Exhibitions
French Daguerreotype (May 12, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), May 12 to August 17, 2003, (Cat.)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), September 22, 2003 to January 4, 2004, (Cat.)
Antiquity & Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (November 9, 2005 to May 1, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), November 9, 2005 to May 1, 2006, (Cat.)
In Focus: The Nude (October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008, (Cat.)
In Focus: Still Life (September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011, (Cat.)