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Artistic photographs frame Rome in new museum exhibition

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Oct. 2, 2013

From St. Peter’s Basilica to the famed Apollo Belvedere in the Vatican Museum, see photographs of great works of art and architecture in historic Rome on exhibit at the Michael C. Carlos Museum beginning Saturday, Oct. 5.

Alinari photo exhibit

An image from the "Conserving the Memory: Fratelli Alinari Photographs of Rome" exhibition.

Drawn from the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection, "Conserving the Memory: Fratelli Alinari Photographs of Rome" exhibition features photographs by what was the most innovative photography firm of its day. Founded as a family firm in 1854, the Alinari brothers' photographs document the Eternal City's artistic landmarks as they appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Art critics note that "many of their photographs are, like the objects they captured, impressive works of art."

These photographs became souvenirs of Italy for 19th century travelers on the Grand Tour of Europe and models for students of art worldwide.  

These photographs provide a 19th century complement to the current exhibition, "Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome," which consists of maps, views and books of 16th, 17th and 18th century Rome, says Andi MacKenzie, curator of "Conserving the Memory."

Admission to the Carlos Museum is free for Emory faculty, staff and students.