Twenty-One Sites for Sophia

“You will find me in the kingdoms.
If you see me when I am thrown out
with the disgraced in the most sordid places,
don’t mock me.” – Thunder Perfect Mind, Nag Hammadi.

This folio of 21 photomontages, using found images, is from 2016.

Visit to a Site

1. Visit to a Site

Women with Man and Machine

2. Women with Man and Machine

Trio Visiting a Site

3. Trio Visiting a Site

Birds with Vessels at a Portal

4. Birds with Vessels at a Portal

Vessel and Bird in a Courtyard

5. Vessel and Bird in a Courtyard

Eagle and Orb in a Courtyard

6. Eagle and Orb in a Courtyard

Tomb with Orb and Couple

7. Tomb with Orb and Couple

Courtyard with Orbs

8. Courtyard with Orbs

Room with Table and Dice

9. Room with Table and Dice

Angel Tossing a Kylix

10. Angel Tossing a Kylix

Reaper with a Medallion

11. Reaper with a Medallion

Angels Marking a Site

12. Angels Marking a Site

Snake and Infant at a Site

13. Snake and Infant at a Site

Fire at a Site

14. Fire at a Site

Site With Vultures

15. Site With Vultures

Snake and Mantled Woman at a Site

16. Snake and Mantled Woman at a Site

Snake and Women in a Valley

17. Snake and Women in a Valley

Fox and Stork at a Site

18. Fox and Stork at a Site

Bulls with Crown at a Site

19. Bulls with Crown at a Site

Portal with Held Babies

20. Portal with Held Babies

Pyramid with Goats and Portrait of a Baby

21. Pyramid with Goats & Portrait of a Baby

Photomontages are from found digital images, as follows:

No. 1 “Visit to a Site”
Figures with dog: from Gerald Hill, “Three Aboriginal women and a man at Hermannsburg Mission, MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Central Australia”, 1911. Statue: from Anon., “Statuette of Venus, Egypt, late 1st – 2nd century”, terracotta. Astrolabe: Made by or having belonged to Zacharias Janssen, 1600 – 1636. Pediments/heads: from Isidore van Kinsbergen,”Loose pieces with heads and reliefs from the Penataran Java”, 1867. Background: from Anon., “Casa di Castore e Polluce”, publisher Fratelli Alinari, c1880 – c1895., Pompeii.

No. 2 “Women Watching ‘Man and Machine’”
Statue: from Marinus Johannes Hack, “Man and Machine” c. 1913, sandstone. “This statue stood at the entrance of the Amsterdam office of a company that exported machines to Dutch businesses in the former Dutch East Indies. The Javanese man, nude and sitting cross-legged, symbolizes the colony. The modern diesel engine in his lap alludes to the company’s trading activities, as well as to the progress that the Netherlands hoped to bring to Indonesia.” [Note from https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/NG-1992-18.] Gold Ring: from Anon., Pinkring, c. 1750 – c. 1775. Women: from Gerald Hill, “Five Aboriginal women at a station, Borroloola region, Northern Territory”, 1911. Background: from Francis Frith, “The Pyramids of Sakkarah, from the North East”, Sakkarah Egypt, 1857 – 1858, Albumen silver print.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 3 “Trio Visiting a Site”
Statue: from Anon., Statuette of a Woman, Egypt, about 600 B.C., bronze. Girl with Baby: from Sarah Johnston Chinnery (1887-1970), “Girl holding a small child with a jetty in the background, Rabaul Harbour, New Guinea”, ca. 1936. Background: from Felice Beato (1832 – 1909), “Interior of the Angle of Taku North Fort Immediately After Its Capture by Storm”, 1860, Albumen print.

No. 4 “Birds with Vessels at a Portal”
Birds:, from Jan Goeree (1680 – 1731), “Two birds, a Bird of Paradise and an Ambon Langbek”, engraving. Larger vessel: from Anon., “Beaker”, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st – 2nd century, glass. Smaller vessel: from Anon., “Vessel with 13 Handles”, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd – 4th century, glass. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Emilia-Romagna–Ferrara–Ferrara–Palazzo dei Diamanti, Image 39″, 1960 – 1990.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 5 “Vessel and Bird in a Courtyard”
Vessel: from Anon., “Vessel with eight handles”, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd – 4th century, glass. Bird: from “Ducks”, Melchior d’ Hondecoeter, c. 1675 – c. 1680, oil on canvas. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Viterbo–Civita Castellana–Rocca, Image 11”, 1960 – 1990.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 6 “Eagle and Orb in a Courtyard”
Orb: from Henry Allain, “Sponge Box”, 1753–54, silver. Eagle: from Anon., “Leaf with a large representation of an eagle on a rock”, print, publisher Gordinne, 1894 – 1959. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Viterbo–Tarquinia–Palazzo Vitelleschi, Image 11”, 1960 – 1990.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 7 “Tomb with Orb and Couple”
Orb: from Anon., web image of a glass marble. Couple: from Anon., “Two soldiers, one female”, Cairo or Alexandria, Albumen print, 1870 – 1890. Background: from Félix Bonfils, “Tombeau des Rois, cour intérieure, Jérusalem”, Albumen print, 1867 – 1870.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 8 “Courtyard with Orbs”
Orbs: from Anon., web image of a glass marble. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Tuscany–Grosseto–Pitigliano–Palazzo Orsini, Image 15”, 1960 – 1990.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 9 “Room with Table and Dice”
Table: from Anon., “Cloisonné Table”, China, Qianlong period, 1736 – 1795. Dice: from photograph by the artist. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Campania–Caserta–Capua–Museo Campano, Image 717″, 1960 – 1990.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 10 “Angel Tossing a Kylix”
Angel: from Jan Luyken, “Angels See the Design for the Table of Showbread”, etching, 1705. Kylix: from Anon., “Kylix”, Ionia (Western Turkey), silver, 625 – 575 B.C. Background: from John Beasly Greene, “Ramesseum Thebes”, Salted paper print, probably France, 1854 – 1855.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 11 “Reaper with a Medallion”
Death medallion: from Anon., “Funeral Medal Following the Death of Laurens Pit, Among Others” (Coromandel governor from 1652 to 1663 and Council of India from 1662 to 1678), 1684. Dog: from Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, “Seated Dog”, ink on paper, 1737 – 1804. Tomb: from Auguste Salzmann, “Tombeau des Juges, Jérusalem, Détails”, Salted paper print, 1854.

No. 12 “Angels Marking a Site”
Angels: from Jan Luyken, “Angels See the Design for the Table of Showbread”, etching, 1683. Gold Band: from Anon., “Funeral Medal Following the Death of Laurens Pit, Among Others” (Coromandel governor from 1652 to 1663 and Council of India from 1662 to 1678), 1684. Background: from John Beasly Greene, “Etude de Dattiers”, Egypt, 1853 – 1854, Salted paper print.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 13 “Snake and Infant at a Site”
Snake on Pole: from Jan Luyken, “Moses shows the Bronze Snake”, etching, 1691. Bowl: from Anon., glass, Roman, 1st century. Infant: from Anon., “Postmortem Portrait of a Baby”, American, 1856 – 1860. Background: from John Beasly Greene, “Etude de Dattiers”, Salted paper print, 1853 – 1854.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 14 “Fire at a Site”
Wolf: from Jan Luyken, “Christ as the Goat Herder”, Etching, 1681. Fire: unidentified web image. Background: from Auguste Salzmann, “Jérusalem, Chemin de Naplouse”, Salted paper print, 1854.

No. 15 “Site With Vultures”
Vultures: from Robert Havell after John James Audubon, “Californian Vulture”, Etching and Aquatint, 1838. Vessel: from Anon., “Bowl”, perhaps Azerbaijan, Glass, 1st millennium B.C. Background: from Antonio Beato, “Kom Ombos: Vue du Temple”, Albumen print, 1860 – 1869.

No. 16 “Site with Snake and Mantled Woman”
Snake: from Anon., “Snake”, Bronze, Greek Classical period, about 400BC. Woman in Mantle: from Picador, “The Latest Mantle”, Fashion drawing, 1890 – 1899. Background: from Antonio Beato, “View of the Temple at Luxor”, Albumen silver print, 1880 – 1889.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 17 “Snake and Women in a Valley”
Snake: from Anon., “Ornament in the shape of a coiled snake”, Bronze, 11th–10th century B.C.. Women: from Anon., “Two women in front of a painted landscape backdrop”, Cartes-de-visite, Ken and Jenny Jacobson Orientalist Photography Collection, Albumen print, 1870 – 1879. Background: from James Robertson, Felice Beato, Antonio Beato, “Garden of Gethsemane and Ascent to Stephen’s Gate, Across the Valley of Jehosephat”, Jerusalem, Albumen silver print, 1857.
[Digital images of women and background courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 18 “Fox and Stork at a Site”
Fox and Stork: from Jan Punt,”Stork and Fox at a Fountain”, Etching and engraving, Illustration of Aesop’s Fable (The Fox and the Stork), 1758. Background: from Antonio Beato, “General View of Temple of Ramses”, Albumen silver print, 1880 – 1889.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 19 “Bulls with Crown at a Site”
Bulls: from Jan Luyken, “Blandina Slain by a Bull”, Etching, 1685. Crown: from Anon., “Crown for the King of Ardra”, Copper, Glass, Velvet, c. 1664. Background: from Henry Cammas, “Hermonthis”, Albumenized salted print, C. 1862.
[Background digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 20 “Portal with Held Babies”
Babies: from J.H. Grotecloss (American, active New York, New York 1860s), “Unidentified baby wearing a long dressing gown, with unidentified figure behind holding up baby”, Albumen silver print, 1865 – 1875. Background: from Max Hutzel, “Lazio–Viterbo–Nepi–Rocca, Image 9”, Black-and-white print from Foto arte minore collection, 1960-1990.
[Both digital images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

No. 21 “Pyramid with Goats and Portrait of a Baby”
Baby: from (attributed to) Mrs. Moses B. Russell (Clarissa Peters), “Portrait of a Baby”, Watercolor on ivory, c. 1850. Goats: from Giovanni Segantini,”A Goat with her Kid”, Oil on canvas, 1890. Pyramid: from Félix Teynard, “Djîzeh (Nécropole de Memphis), Pyramide de Chéphren”, Salted paper print from paper negative, 1851–52, printed 1853–54.

I have wherever possible used images I know to be out of copyright. However in some cases the copyright status is unclear, and in a few cases I have used portions of images I know to be still in copyright. In all works I’ve supplied the available attribution information. If I am using an image inappropriately please contact me and I’ll remove it.