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Bruno Braquehais [Attributed to] 
[Nude Before a Mirror] 
1857 (ca) 
Albumen silver print, from glass negative 
22.3 × 17.9 cm (8 3/4 × 7 1/16 in.) (image) 50.1 × 39.3 cm (19 3/4 × 15 1/2 in.) (mount) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gift, 2005, Accession Number: 2005.100.279 
Curatorial description (Accessed: 11 June 2021)
Académies, or nudes intended for use as preparatory studies for other artworks, were one of the most prolific forms of photography after the medium’s invention in 1839. Trained as a lithographer, Braquehais registered his first photographs for sale in 1854. Through the use of elaborate props, soft lighting, and poses based on classical statues, he elevated erotic imagery to the realm of the artistic, as defined by watchful state censors. Despite the provocative nature of this photograph, it would have been deemed acceptable due to its overt references to the established visual tradition of women at their toilettes. 

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