Henri Le Secq Antique Terracotta Relief of an Angel Slaying a Bull
Medium Salt print from paper negative
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
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
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.