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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'L'Amour divin et l'Amour terrestre' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865053

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created in 1850 and is now in the collection of the Dordrechts Museum, the Netherlands (Inv. no. DM/000/777). Presenting two female figures gazing each, the painting is an allegory of the differentiation of heavenly from earthly love. The woman personifying carnal love is shown semi-draped, holding a flower in her left hand and resting her right hand on a cheetah skin. In contrast, the second figure representing divine love, stands veiled in the background, her right hand pointing to the heavens.

Ary Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Plato (427-347 BC)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs