Chateau et pont Saint Ange et le Tibre. Rome

Altobelli & Molinsabout 1860–1885

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

When seen without illumination in the megalethoscope viewer, this scene across the Tiber River in Rome shows two fishermen in daylight in the foreground with the Colosseum and the dome of St. Peter's visible in the distance. However, when illuminated, the scene transforms from day into twilight and eventually night by means of wooden flaps on the projector that can be opened and closed to control the light levels. Pinprick perforations in the print achieve the shimmering highlights on the water's surface. The overall coloring is a result of a hand-painted scrim glued to the back of the albumen print, which when lit gives off a tinted glow.


  • Title: Chateau et pont Saint Ange et le Tibre. Rome
  • Creator: Altobelli & Molins
  • Date Created: about 1860–1885
  • Physical Dimensions: 24.5 × 24 cm (9 5/8 × 9 7/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XU.1560.1
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Altobelli & Molins (Italian, active until 1865)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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