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Title and negative number reversed out of negative at bottom left.Provenance: old collection of J. Harrison, Jr. purchased in 1861.The Temple of Vesta is an ancient edifice in Rome, Italy, located in the Roman Forum between the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Caesar, the Regia and the House of the Vestal Virgins. The temple's most recognizable feature is its circular footprint which is most likely a remnant of an ancient Latin or Etruscan shrine. It is the oldest marble edifice to have survived in Rome. Although long known as the Temple of Vesta, it was in fact dedicated to Hercules Victor. This was the ancestral hearth of the Roman Nation, the place where the objects that Aeneas had bought from Troy were kept, and the temple that was guarded by the Vestal Virgins, the only female priesthood in Rome.

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Temple of Vesta, Rome, Italy
Altobelli and Moulins Temple of Vesta, Rome, Italy

Price $1,750

Main Image

Ref.# 13413

Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1850s  Print Date 1861c

Dimensions 10-7/8 x 14-9/16 in. (276 x 370 mm)

Photo Country Italy

Photographer Country Italy


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