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Title

Stanze di Raffaello II, Roma


Artist

Thomas Struth

Germany

1954 -


About

‘Stanze di Raffaello II, Roma’ is one of the most crowded of Struth’s museum photographs. The dynamic group of individuals packed into the Stanza della Segnatura – reading about, discussing and looking at Raphael’s murals – show engagement in what they are doing. Their pointing hands and turning heads are anchored by the dramatic features of the face of a boy in the middle of the group. The light streaming in through the unshuttered windows in the centre of this work is a critical part of the composition, as it is with Struth’s ‘Chiesa dei Frari ‘1995, where light is evident through all the windows, but most especially from the left where it illuminates the elegant architecture and washes over the small group of visitors in the middle admiring Titian’s altarpiece. The upward sweep in ‘Chiesa dei Frari’ works in a similar way to the vortex in ‘Stanze di Raffaello II, Roma’.


Details


Date

1990


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Edition

5/10


Dimensions

125.0 x 173.0 cm image; 171.0 x 217.0 cm sheet; 175.0 x 221.0 x 5.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed label l.r. verso, pencil "Thomas Struth". Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2011.48


Artist information

Thomas Struth

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 8 publications

Bibliography


Hans Belting, Thomas Struth: museum photographs, 1993, 61 (colour illus.).

Daniel Birmbaum, Artforum, 'Paradise Reframed: Thomas Struth in Retrospect', pg.143-149, May 2002, 148 (colour illus.).

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 19 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view

Michael Fried, Why photography matters as art as never before, 'Thomas Struth’s museum photographs', pg.115-147, 2008, 132 (colour illus.).

James Lingwood, Parkett 50/51, 'Open vision', pg.137-141, Zurich, 1997, 140 (colour illus.).

Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Thomas Struth: 1977-2002, New Haven, 2002, (colour illus.).

Thomas Struth, Thomas Struth: Strangers and Friends, photographs 1986-1992, 1994, (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 228, 230-31 (colour illus.).