About This Image

An antique terracotta relief of an angel slaying a bull. Signature and title reversed out of negative.

Henri Le Secq was one of the most gifted early photographers to record architecture and sculpture. This stunning image is from a small, rare group of photographs of the collection of Alexis-Joseph Depaulis (1792–1867), a French engraver and collector of historic paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, as well as casts of ancient and modern objects. The depicted work is a plaster cast. Le Secq's exceptional talent for capturing the broad effects of light and shadow animates the figures in this complex sculpture, giving them physical presence. Indeed, the shadows are deep and diffused because of the texture of the paper negative and the lengthy exposure time.

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Antique Terracotta Relief of an Angel Slaying a Bull
Henri Le Secq Antique Terracotta Relief of an Angel Slaying a Bull

Price $10,000

Main Image

Ref.# 14041

Medium Salt print from paper negative

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1854-56  Print Date 1854-56

Dimensions 10-1/8 x 13-9/16 in. (257 x 344 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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