Lotus Columns at Gournah

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Lotus Columns at Gournah


Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (French, 1804 - 1892)




1842 - 1843




18.7 x 12.1 cm (7 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

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The Temple of Seti I is located at the archaeological site of Gournah in Egypt. By moving close to the subject, Girault de Prangey conveyed the gravity and drama of the huge decaying stones. No earlier photograph is known in which the visual elements of light and viewpoint are harnessed so skillfully to express essential aspects of an ancient Egyptian monument. Through his unique, prescient vision, Girault de Prangey created among the greatest achievements in the early history of photography.

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
Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008