„Rome in the dark room“ arrives at the Rome Museum . The exhibition intends to present photographic art in Rome covering a time span ranging from the birth of photography to the present day.
The photographic art in Rome was born very early: already in 1839, the year of the presentation of Daguerre at the Paris Academy of Sciences of the system he invented to fix the images on a silver plate, the first daguerreotypes began to operate. In the following years Rome is one of the first Italian cities to record the transition to printed photography on paper from a negative, which will also be paper and then glass.
In the Eternal City, although held in the grip of the papal temporal government, and in the other Italian states, although agitated by the events that led to unity, there was a widespread diffusion of photography that was inserted in the wake of both pictorial and engraving landscape painting, for to find in it a rapid field of expansion and commercialization, but which in reality destabilized consolidated artistic modes and ancient systems of reproduction, so as to arouse on several occasions the interest of the rulers for its regulation.
From the iconographic point of view the nineteenth-century photographyhe started from painting, in the field of views and portraits, seeking and obtaining in the shadow of this a legitimization of his artistic potential and an excuse for the accusation of mere reproduction of reality.
It was not until the end of the Risorgimento epic and the annexation to the Italian kingdom that the valid prerequisites for a rapid increase in photography, not only as a reproduction technique linked to the market of souvenir images , were created in Rome but for one of his more conscious use in the various fields in which it could be applied: the role of capital led to an increase in public occasions as well as in the population and job opportunities.
The exhibition itinerary
In the initial part of the exhibition, the project aims to illustrate the topographical, historical and social aspects that characterized the last years of the temporal power of the popes and to document the beginnings of photography and the emergence of the profession of photographer in a city accustomed to circulation of images, intended mainly for the public of tourists and pilgrims who visited it.
The photographs in the exhibition , originals made with the ancient techniques of calotype and albumin printing, are the work of some of the most famous photographers, both Italians such as Gioachino Altobelli, Pompeo Molins, Ludovico Tuminello, Giacomo Caneva, Tommaso Cuccioni as French or English as Gustavo Eugenio Chauffourier, Robert MacPherson, James Anderson.
The Museum of Rome , which through its precious works of art tells the history of the city from a historical-documentary point of view, is an ideal venue for hosting this exhibition whose images illustrate aspects of the Rome of the time with the reproduction of its most famous ancient and modern monuments, as well as some portraits of characters and models for artists.
Location: Museo di Roma, Piazza di San Pantaleo, Rome, Italy
Date: March 27-September 22
Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-7pm
Cost: 7 Euros
Museo di Roma, Piazza di San Pantaleo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, ItalyPrice