From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleTomb of Emperor Frederick II
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 detail shot shows the sarcophagus of Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, which is interred in the Palermo Cathedral in Sicily. Frederick II was a Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily from 1220-1250 and 1198-1250, respectively. He was very passionated about science and the arts, and promoted literature through poetry. This also led to the creation of the Sicilian language, and a large influence on literature and what would one day become modern Italian. He died in 1250. The sarcophagus, pictured here, is made of a stone called red porphyry. His parents’ and grandfather’s tombs also reside in the Palermo Cathedral.
Place MadePalermo, Italy
Date Madeca. 1890
Medium and MaterialsAlbumen print.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [ink] Palermo Cathedral Tomb of Emperor Frederick II recto: [in photo] (Ed.ne Alinari) P.e I.a N.o 19511. PALERMO – Cattedrale, interno. Sepolcro dell’Imperatore Deferigo II. (1250.) verso: [ink] 17729 723.461 P18-5 verso: [pencil] Cath. Palermo Sicily 38 723.461 P18-5 .A411 Me.1 79:116:5
MeasurementsImage: 24.8 cm x 18.8 cm
Overall: 35.4 cm x 27.8 cm
Subject and Association KeywordsItaly
Subject and Association KeywordsAlinari
Subject and Association Keywords1890s
Subject and Association Keywords19th Century Photography
Subject and Association KeywordsFlorence
Subject and Association KeywordsChurch
Subject and Association Keywordsinterior
Subject and Association KeywordsPalermo Cathedral
Subject and Association KeywordsCathedral
Subject and Association Keywordssarcophagus
Subject and Association KeywordsEmperor Frederick II
Subject and Association Keywordstomb
Subject and Association KeywordsPalermo
Subject and Association KeywordsSicily