Undisturbed by Color

Art and the Early Photographic Album

February 26 – September 16, 2007

West Building Ground Floor

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: Views of art and architecture in early published albums and photographs inserted by hand in books were on view in this presentation of images that predated photomechanical processes. The works were drawn from the library’s department of image collections. Included were the first photographically illustrated auction catalogue, issued in London in 1860, the first photographic facsimile of a manuscript, the Manuscript Sforza (1860), and an album from the 1850s that showed examples of the drawings from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Gregory P.J. Most, chief of library image collections, was curator.