Temple Ruins in Baalbek, Lebanon, Gustave Le Gray, c. 1860

Temple Ruins in Baalbek, Lebanon, Gustave Le Gray, c. 1860

albumenized salted paper print, h 254mm × w 557mm More details

Around 1860 Le Gray resided at the court of a Lebanese sheikh as a drawing instructor. He captured this historical site and the ancient temple ruins. In order to take a sweeping panoramic photograph, he mounted two paper negatives together, as is the case here. The Roman emperor Trajan once visited this place, where he raised a temple dedicated to Jupiter.

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