From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleChiesa della Collegiata.
About this objectLeopoldo Alinari opened a photographic studio in Florence in either 1850 or 1852 with Giuseppe Bardi. The studio was known as Fratelli Alinari presso Bardi (Alinari Brothers for Bardi). Leopoldo, along with his two brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo, purchased the studio from Bardi in 1854 and formed the company Fratelli Alinari Fotografi Editori. Leopoldo acted as the photographer with Giuseppe as the organizer and Romualdo as the administrator. The studio primarily reproduced works of art and made views of Tuscany, Rome and Pisa. Leopoldo died in 1865, followed by Giuseppe in 1890 and Romualdo in 1891. Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A was then run from 1892-1918 by Leopoldo’s son Vittorio, with assistance from Giuseppe’s son Arturo. The studio was active from 1854-1920.
This interior shot depicts the colonnades of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta in San Gimignano.This photograph highlights some of the features that the church is known for; that is, the largely intact frescoes and the alternating use of black and white marble to create stripes. The frescoes, dating back to the 14th century, depict the story of the Bible, allowing for the illiterate in the congregation to know these stories. The frescoes are divided into cycles: the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Last Judgement, with a few smaller frescoes depicting the stories of various saints. The church is included in the city center’s UNESCO World Heritage site, and the frescoes have been described by UNESCO as “works of outstanding beauty.”
Place MadeSan Gimignano, Italy
Date Madeca. 1890
Medium and MaterialsAlbumen print.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [in photo on bottom border] (Ed.ne Alinari) P.e 1.a № 9229. S. GIMIGNANO – Chiesa della Collegiata. L’Interno. (XIII secolo?) verso: [pencil] 79:118:2 verso: [stamped in blue ink] ALINARI’S EDITIONS – VIA TORNABUONI N. 20 FLORENCE
MeasurementsImage: 19.2 cm x 25.2 cm
Overall: 19.2 cm x 25.2 cm
Subject and Association KeywordsItaly
Subject and Association KeywordsAlinari
Subject and Association Keywords1890s
Subject and Association Keywords19th Century Photography
Subject and Association Keywordsinterior
Subject and Association KeywordsChurch
Subject and Association Keywordsnave
Subject and Association Keywordspillar
Subject and Association KeywordsCollegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Subject and Association Keywordsmarble
Subject and Association Keywordsfresco
Subject and Association KeywordsSan Gimignano