The Escorial, Spain

Object Details

Title:

The Escorial, Spain

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Théophile Gautier (French, 1811 - 1872)
Eugène Piot (French, 1812 - 1890)

Culture:

French

Place:

Spain (Place created)

Date:

1840

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Object Number:

84.XT.265.24

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Believing that a country should be visited during its most "characteristic" season, the French writer Théophile Gautier visited Spain during the heat of summer in 1840, eventually publishing his account of the experience as Un Voyage en Espagnein 1845. He carried with him daguerreotype equipment and may have made this image himself.

Constructed between 1563 and 1584 by the Spanish King Phillip II, the Escorial was an enormous palace twenty-five miles outside of Madrid. The softly modulated light that dominates the image makes this massive building appear to float in the sky.

Provenance
- 1984

Bruno Bischofberger, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
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
French Daguerreotype (May 12, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
  • Musée d'Orsay (Paris), May 12 to August 17, 2003
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