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1925 Thermenmuseum Hof Courtyard Thermae Baths Roman - ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAVURE IT2

1925 Thermenmuseum Hof Courtyard Thermae Baths Roman - ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAVURE IT2

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This is an original 1925 photogravure of the courtyard of the Thermae Museum. When one thinks of Rome, visions of giant baths or thermae often cross the mind's eye. These were indeed the first attempts to provide communal bathing on a grand scale. But the thermae were only one part of the Roman bathing world. Before Emperor Agrippa designed and created the first thermae in 25 BC, the smaller, more frequent balneum had been enjoyed by Roman citizens for more than 200 years. Photograph by Kurt Hielscher.

Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of historic original photogravures of Rome, Italy. The actual border around the photogravure is larger than what is shown in the digital image and each image has a caption in French, English, Italian, Spanish and German, which will be included with the item when shipped. However, we wanted to show you the actual image up close and the dimensions provided next to the "Size" above indicate the size of the actual photogravure only. The total size is approximately two inches larger in width and height. These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.

The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate--an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch--the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.


This 86+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. No aging. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. There is wrinkling in the outer margins. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8 inches; 15 x 20 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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