Architectural Lantern Slides

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The University of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library holds a set of about 4,500 “lantern slides” produced by the French company G. Massiot & cie. The collection is undated, but the photographs appear to have been taken between approximately 1870 and 1914, primarily between 1890 and 1910. Lantern slides were most popular, and often sold as pedagogical sets, in the early decades of the 20th century.

European architecture, with approximately 2,900 of the photographs, is the primary focus of the collection. Most come from France (~1,000) and Italy (~800); other countries are represented, but in significantly lower numbers. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas combined are pictured in fewer than 500 slides. The remaining ~1,200 photographs represent paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.

In 2007, the slides were cleaned and transferred to archivally-sound storage boxes. A selection of about 2,700 were scanned as 4800 DPI TIFFs, and lower-resolution versions were loaded into a Flickr collection. An image cataloger was hired to prepare records for each.

Although detailed and modern images of many of these sites exist, the lantern slides present an historical look at the sites, including many bystanders and artifacts which were intentionally or unintentionally a part of the image. The Egyptian set includes images of workmen and bearers, in attire of the period and using tools of the time. Many European images include photographs of persons in attire of the period. Means of conveyance from ox- or horse-drawn wagon to automobiles and streetcars are in the background of some images. The lantern slides may therefore be of interest to a wider audience than architecture historians and students.

Arrangement: The slides are arranged into country-level sub-collections based on notes taken from the original lantern slides. Because these images were created during the late 19th and early 20th century, the names of these countries reflects the countries and occupied colonial territories of the time. Collections include information about the 2017 name of the country as well as older place names. Images themselves generally have more modern location data, often including latitude and longitude, included.

Creator

G. Massiot & cie

Curator

Marsha Stevenson

Subject

Architecture

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndalls/sets/72157605061425911/

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Before damage and restoration; the side volutes on the facade have been removed.

    The Cathedral (12th century), contains the remains of King Conrad, ruler of Germany and Sicily in the 13th century. The building had to be almost entirely rebuilt in 1919-1920, following the devastating 1908 earthquake, and again in 1943, after a fire triggered by Allied bombings. The original Norman structure can be recognized in the apsidal area. The façade has three late Gothic portals, the central of which p…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Loggia di Braccio in center and the Fontana Maggiore to the right. To the right of the loggia in the unfinished wall is a portal designed by Galeazzo Alessi (1568), a pulpit composed of ancient fragments and Cosmatesque mosaics, from which Saint Bernardino of Siena preached in 1425 and 1427 and a wooden Crucifix by Polidoro Ciburri (1540). The Fontana Maggiore is by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.

    Unlike most cathedrals, the cathedral of Perugia has its flank [side] on the city’s main square…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The city fell into decline in the 16th and 17th centuries and was almost entirely destroyed by the great earthquake of 1693; the present centre of Catania, therefore, is distinctly 18th century in aspect, rebuilt according to the plan of the late Baroque architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. Vaccarini also designed many of its buildings, notably the cathedral that incorporates the Norman remains (It was originally constructed in 1078-1093, on the ruins of the ancient Roman Achillean Baths, b…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Medieval Autun was important for its pilgrimage cult of St. Lazarus, to whom the 12th-century cathedral is dedicated; its flamboyant 15th-century (ca. 1469) exterior decoration was added by Cardinal Jean II Rolin. The fountain was built in 1543 by Chapter of the Cathedral of St. Lazare to serve pilgrims. It is a rare example of Renaissance style in Autun. It has a tri-lobed base and is topped by the motif of a pelican piercing its chest (symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice).

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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    Public