The Pantheon, Paris

Object Details

Title:

The Pantheon, Paris

Artist/Maker:

Alphonse-Louis Poitevin (French, 1819 - 1882)

Culture:

French

Date:

1842

Medium:

Daguerreotype

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A group of visitors is frozen in time at the steps of the Pantheon, a famous Neoclassical building in Paris. Barely visible horses, carriages, and sightseers give an awe-inspiring sense of scale to the scene. Louis-Alphonse Poitevin observed the enormous edifice--72 feet high and 276 feet wide--from the roof of one of the buildings that faced it. Begun in 1757 as the Church of Sainte-Geneviève, the Pantheon is now a civic building housing the remains of some of France's most famous citizens.

Exhibitions
Paris and the Daguerreotype (October 30, 1989 to February 28, 1990)
  • Musée Carnavalet (Paris), October 30, 1989 to February 28, 1990
The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
In Focus: Daguerreotypes (November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016
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