Altobelli and Moulins Temple of Vesta, Rome, Italy
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
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
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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