Twenty-One Sites for Sophia

A series of 21 photomontages from 2016.

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.

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