Supérieure, Petites Soeurs des Pauvres (Superior, Little Sisters of the Poor) Mère Marie Janet (MMA title)

Object Details

Title:

Supérieure, Petites Soeurs des Pauvres (Superior, Little Sisters of the Poor) Mère Marie Janet (MMA title)

Artist/Maker(s):

Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon] (French, 1820 - 1910)

Culture:

French

Date:

1860 - 1865

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

21.1 x 14.9 cm (8 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Mother Superior Marie Jamet's steady expression combines sad-eyed benevolence and sweetness. A halo of white surrounds and isolates her moon-shaped face from the dark sky of her hooded habit.

Nadar was emphatically not religious, and scholars do not know how he came to photograph this nun. She was probably photographed because she was believed to be the founder of an order of nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, who were dedicated to the care of destitute elderly persons. Outside his normal range of literary society sitters, Mother Jamet may have been intrigued by Nadar's reputation as a portraitist.

Exhibitions
The Art of Photography: 1839 - 1989 (Sezon Museum of Art) (March 3 to April 1, 1989)
  • Sezon Museum of Art, (Tokyo), March 3 to April 1, 1989
Nadar (June 6, 1994 to July 9, 1995)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), June 6 to September 11, 1994
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), April 3 to July 9, 1995
Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (July 20, 1999 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999
  • The Andy Warhol Museum, (Pittsburgh), November 6, 1999 to January 30, 2000
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, (Baltimore), March 12 to May 28, 2000