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Fragments of Ornamental Stone Borders and Decoration
7 3/8 x 9 1/8 in (18.8 x 23.1 cm)
Saint Louis Art Museum
Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase, funds given in memory of Halle G. Miller, and the John R. Goodall Charitable Trust, Accession Number: 433:2002
Place made: Legnica, Poland
This image is among the first photographs on paper ever made in Germany and represents one of the earliest attempts to photograph a museum collection. Ludwig Belitski produced almost 800 photographs, of which this print is one, for a series of albums illustrating the Minutoli collection, which had been gathered to encourage excellence in the industrial arts. The Minutoli collection was subsequently dispersed; Belistki's photographs are all that remain of it.