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RURAL FAMILY IN ITALY: WOMEN, WOOL, AND SHEEP

Antique albumen photograph, affixed to a thin paper mount, attributed to Alfred Noack. The attribution was made by Bates Lowry & Isabel Lowry, important art curators. The photo depicts a group of women, with girls and a boy, in front of a stone building on a hill top. Note that 5 of the women hold up wool, while sheep graze to the left.

"Alfred Noack was born in Dresden in 1833. He attended the prestigious art academy of his city, studying illustration and etching... He moved to Rome in 1856 and at first worked as an etcher for the Germanic Archaeological Institute... became a member of the Deutsche Kunstverein, a cultural association attended by the artistic German community living in the capital, and which included some prominent photographers. Noack left Rome in April 1860 and began his career as a photographer. He photographed the most important artistic cities of northern Italy, but the fulcrum of his research and great part of his energy were dedicated to the Ligurian Riviera and Genoal... Alfred was a member of the Deutschen Photographen Verein and in Genoa he was active in the local Protestant evangelical community. From 1865 he was a member of the Masonic Lodge 'Trionfo Ligure' and, from 1888, of the 'Società Promotrice di Belle Arti.' He died in 1895... His photographic studio continued its activities with the same name for a few years under the direction of his second son Ernesto and later under Carlo Paganini. In 1905 Paganini published the archive’s catalogue... Unfortunately this catalogue doesn’t allow us to distinguish between the work of Alfred and that of his successors. In 1926 the Town Council of Genoa purchased from the Paganini family the whole archive: 4000 glass negatives (wet collodion negatives and gelatin dry plate negatives) preserving the historic memory of the city and of the Ligurian region." (source: Luminous Lint website)

ALBUMEN PHOTO ATTRIBUTED TO NOACK
$150. USD

RURAL FAMILY IN ITALY
SIZE
Photo: Approximately 7 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Thin mount: Approximately 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches.
CONDITION
Photo: A few spots and small marks. Some discoloration along right and bottom edges. Thin mount: Unevenly trimmed.
APPEARANCE
Very good tones. Some great details. Fantastic composition. A beautiful and artistic photograph.

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