Roma in the darkroom. Photo exhibition at the Museum of Rome

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Roma in the darkroom on display at the Museum of Rome


Get to the Museum of Rome 'Roma in the darkroom’. The exhibition will present the art of photography in Rome covering a time span ranging from the birth of photography to the present day.

The photographic art in Rome was born early: already in 1839, Daguerre year of the presentation of the Academy of Sciences in Paris the system he invented to fix the images on a silver plate, They begin to operate the first daguerreotypists. In the following years Rome is one of the first Italian city to record the transition to photograph printed on paper from a negative, which will also be of paper and then subsequently glass.

In the Eternal City, while close to the papal temporal power grip, and in the other Italian states, while they agitated by the events which led to the unit, we witnessed a great spread of the photograph which is inserted in the wake vedutismo that both pictorial engraver, to find in it a rapid expansion and marketing field, but actually it destabilized consolidated artistic ways and antique reproduction systems, so as to arouse several times the interest of the rulers for its regulation.
From the iconographic point of view the nineteenth-century photography He took the painting moves, in the field of view and Portrait, looking for and obtaining the shadow of this legitimacy of its artistic potential and a discolpa accusation of mere reproduction of reality.
It was not until the end of the Risorgimento and the annexation to the Italian kingdom that arose on valid assumptions in Rome a rapid increase of photography understood not only as a reproductive technique related to image-souvenir market, but for its more conscious use in the various fields in which it could be applied: as the capital led to an increase in public occasions as well as population and employment opportunities.

The exhibition

In the initial part of the exhibition, The project aims to illustrate the topographical aspects, historical and social that characterized the last years of the temporal power of the popes and to document the beginnings of photography and the emergence of the professional photographer in a city accustomed to the movement of images, intended mainly for the audience of tourists and pilgrims who visited.
The Display photographs, Original done with the ancient techniques of calotype and albumen print, They are the work of photographers of the most famous Italian is as Gioacchino Altobelli, Pompeo Molins, Ludovico Tuminello, Giacomo Caneva, Thomas Cuccioni that French or English as Gustavo Eugenio Chauffourier, Robert MacPherson, James Anderson.

The Museo di Roma, who through his precious artwork tells the story of the city in the historical-documentary key, It is configured as an ideal venue to host this exhibition whose images illustrate aspects of the Rome of the time with reproductions of his most famous ancient and modern monuments, as well as some portraits of characters and models for artists.


Museo di Roma


From 27/03/2019 al 22/09/2019

Tuesday to Sunday hours 10.00-19.00 The ticket office closes at 18.00


€ 7,00 full ticket; € 5,00 reduced ticket; € 4,00 Special ticket per student school (Free entrance to an accompanying teacher each 10 students); € 22,00 Special ticket Families (2 more adult children below 18 years).