From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleChurch of Orsanmichele
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.
The Church of Orsanmichele, depicted in this photograph, was originally built in 1337 as a grain market, and was converted between 1380-1404 to a church. The affluent Florence trade and craft guilds made up much of the congregation, and were directed by the city in the late-14th century to have sculptures of their patron saints created to embellish the façade. These have since been removed and placed in museums, with copies in place in the façade today.
Place MadeFlorence, Italy
Date Madeca. 1890
Medium and MaterialsAlbumen print.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [ink] Florence Church of Or San Michele Arnolfo di Cambio, 1232-1310 Taddeo Gaddi, 1300-66 recto: [in image] 2304 verso: [ink] 723.46 F66-16 7522 verso: [pencil] 7522 V R-G Orsonmichele 17 .A411 Me.1 79:116:1
MeasurementsImage: 23.8 cm x 19.5 cm
Overall: 35.5 cm x 27.9 cm
Subject and Association KeywordsItaly
Subject and Association KeywordsAlinari
Subject and Association Keywords1890s
Subject and Association Keywords19th Century Photography
Subject and Association KeywordsChurch
Subject and Association Keywordsexterior
Subject and Association KeywordsArchitecture
Subject and Association KeywordsSculpture
Subject and Association Keywordsfacade
Subject and Association KeywordsStreet
Subject and Association KeywordsChurch of Orsanmichele
Subject and Association KeywordsFlorence