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Travels in Italy: a 19th-Century Journey through Photography

On view January 2023 through July 2023

Francis Frith (British, 1822–1898), "The Pantheon", from the album "Rome Photographed", ca. 1873. Albumen silver print. 6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. Publisher: William MacKenzie, Paternoster Row. London, Glasgow & Edinburg. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Knight Zewadski. 1989.109.057.f
Francis Frith (British, 1822-1898), The Pantheon, from the album Rome Photographed, ca. 1873. Albumen silver print. 6 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. Publisher: William MacKenzie, Paternostor Row. London, Glasglow & Edinburg. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Knight Zewadski. 1989.109.057.f

Travel in the 19th century was difficult, expensive and time-consuming. Prior to the discovery of a way to record an image by photography in 1839, the majority of Americans had only stories and the possibility of access to drawings, paintings, and etchings to illustrate the wonders of exotic lands overseas. Early photographers quickly realized that there was a demand for images of foreign lands and famous antiquities.

Travels In Italy will feature vintage photographs from the TMA’s collection of some of Italy’s most popular cultural draws like The Pantheon in Rome, the canals of Venice, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as lesser known treasures such as the Piazza del Duomo in Milan and Genoa’s Interior Gallery of the Camposanta. Included will be some of the best-known names in 19th-century travel photography including Giorgio Sommer, Francis Frith, Robert Macpherson, and the Alinari studio.