Attributed to Tommaso Cuccioni (Italian, c. 1790-1864)
The Colosseum, Rome, c. 1860 Mammoth albumen print, framed. 28 1/2 x 38 3/4in
Provenance: With Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Tommaso Cuccioni worked in Rome as a lithographer and graphics publisher in the 1830s. With the discovery of photography in 1839, cities such as Rome and Athens, became centers for souvenir photography. Beginning in 1852 Cuccioni became a photographer and specialized in large format views of Rome's ancient monuments. In 1859 Cuccioni exhibited for the first time at the Société Français de Photographie in Paris with his mammoth images, and received critical acclaim. The manufacture of mammoth images was very expensive to produce, and only the wealthy on their Grand Tour could afford them. Today only a few examples can be found in public and private collections. Cuccioni's albumen prints are seldom available on the art market.