Door of the Duomo of Florence, Italy

PhotographerWilliam James Stillman

CountryUnited States


JournalThe Photographic Times 1890

AtelierN.Y. Photogravure Company (New York City)


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Architecture, Doorways, Italy, Religion: Islam, Statuary


Image Dimensions: 20.5 x 15.3 cm | published April 4, 1890 | issue No. 446
Support Dimensions: 28.7 x 20.5 cm

Editorial comment on this plate:

In the Christmas number of The Photographic Times of last year,  Mr. W. J. Stillman contributed an interesting article on “Film Photography” which was illuminated by one of two negatives made on the American film. The one shown at that time was of the Facade of the Duomo of Florence, and reference was then made to the other negative, which was promised to be presented in a later issue. Agreeable to that promise, the picture is herewith given to our readers. It is reproduced in photo-gelatine, which requires a longer time to make than almost any other process; but nothing could present the fine technical qualities of the negative to bitter advantage. The subject is one teeming with interest.  It is the doorway of a church “which is justly considered the most admirable architectural work of our century,” as Mr. Stillman says in his article already referred to. And in a later letter, he writes, “I should not know what to say more; it is a work of the modern Italian sculptors, and though not so fine in its details as some of the older works of its kind, it is as a whole, surpassed by no modern work of its class, and not by a great many ancient.”
Those of our friends who are interested in architectural subjects will be especially pleased with this picture.

Door of the Duomo of Florence, Italy