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The Sphinx, c. 1853 (salted paper print from waxed paper negative)

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The Sphinx, c. 1853 (salted paper print from waxed paper negative)

XOS5884172 The Sphinx, c. 1853 (salted paper print from waxed paper negative) by Greene, John Beasley (1832-56); 23.2x29.6 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Photo by John Beasley Greene
Before embarking on his first trip to Egypt in 1853 at age 19, he learned photography so he could accurately document excavations, discoveries, and inscriptions, but he also used the relatively new medium to produce elegant landscapes such as the view of Thebes nearby. Greene, who was involved in excavations of the Great Sphinx, died in Cairo in 1856, possibly of tuberculosis.)

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The Sphinx, c. 1853" is a captivating print that offers a glimpse into the ancient wonders of Egypt. Captured by John Beasley Greene, an aspiring photographer who embarked on his first trip to Egypt at the young age of 19, this image showcases his dedication to accurately documenting excavations and discoveries. Greene's passion for photography shines through in this salted paper print from a waxed paper negative. The delicate details and exquisite composition transport viewers back in time to the era of ancient Egyptian civilization. The Sphinx, an iconic symbol of mystery and grandeur, takes center stage against a backdrop of elegant landscapes near Thebes. As an archaeologist involved in excavations at the Great Sphinx, Greene's work holds immense historical significance. Tragically, his life was cut short when he passed away in Cairo in 1856, possibly due to tuberculosis. However, his contributions to both archaeology and photography continue to inspire generations. This photograph not only captures the majesty of the Sphinx but also serves as a testament to Greene's artistic talent and technical skill as a photographer. It invites us to marvel at the intricate carvings and imposing presence of this ancient monument. In this unpopulated scene devoid of people or any modern distractions, we are encouraged to contemplate the enduring legacy left behind by civilizations long gone. This print transports us across time and space while reminding us of our shared human history. "The Sphinx, c. 1853" is more than just an image; it is a window into another world—a world where artistry meets archaeology—offering us insight into both past cultures and our own fascination with their remnants.

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