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Crypt, Worcester

Accession Number
1982/2.71

Title
Crypt, Worcester

Artist(s)
Howard Bond

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1982

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
16 15/16 in x 14 in (43.02 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. W. Howard Bond

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a row of arches in the crypt of a church in Worcester, seen from a slightly oblique angle that focuses on the place where the arch opens onto the ceiling. By focusing closely on the arches—and excluding all context—it is impossible to interpret the size or scale of the structures. If not for the title of the photograph, the columns might seem to be a series of identical, abstract sculptures or even a pencil drawing. The pale hue of the stone is transformed into a delicate shade of gray in this gelatin silver print, a meditation on the process of translating three-dimensional architecture into two-dimensional photograph.

Physical Description
Photograph of intersecting curved plaster arches.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Architecture
abstraction
arch components
arches
ceilings
churches
churches (institutions)
crypts
modern and contemporary art
portfolios

3 Related Resources

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(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Christian Churches
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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