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Adolphe Braun and Henri Braun, Autotype photographs by Adolphe Braun & Henri Braun of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel

Autotype photographs by Adolphe Braun & Henri Braun of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, 1868-1870

From: Adolphe Braun and From: Henri Braun

RA Collection: Art

Photograph (autotype) of a detail of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel showing the Delphic Sibyl, number 71 of a series of an original 125 (123 remain today). In 1870, the same year that the photography was completed, the Academy's Librarian Solomon Hart R.A. was authorised to purchase "the series of autotype impressions from the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel at Rome consisting of 125 impressions fitted up in the appropriate cases at the cost £106.8.0." This series of early examples from The Autotype Company, London, reputedly took two years to complete, Adolphe Braun and his photographic team having to overcome organisational as well as complex technical difficulties as the chapel continued to operate throughout this time.

Object details

Title
Autotype photographs by Adolphe Braun & Henri Braun of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
Photographed by
Date
1868-1870
Object type
Photograph
Place of Publication
Italy
Dimensions

623 mm x 478 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
08/1254
Acquisition
Purchased from Autotype Company (London) in 1878
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