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Montagne des Béatitudes – Mount of Beatitudes

Accession Number
1994/2.34.3

Title
Montagne des Béatitudes – Mount of Beatitudes

Artist(s)
Felix Bonfils

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1867-1885

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
10 15/16 in x 14 in (27.78 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond

Subject matter
​At almost the exact center of the photograph, two men stand facing each other, both shown in profile. The scene has the air of a chance encounter, which is somewhat at odds with the stiff poses of these two men and the wilderness setting. They stand in a field of tall grass with a short stone wall and a cluster of trees behind them. The peaks of three prominent hills form a jagged horizon line in the background. The label suggests that this meeting takes place on or near Christ’s famed “Sermon on the Mount,” though the photograph lacks any visual information to make explicit this connection. This image is one of hundreds of photographs made throughout Bonfils' career which purport to document various landscapes, cityscapes, and people of the eastern Mediterranean.

Physical Description
Two men face each other in a field of tall grass with hills in the distance. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Primary Object Type
landscape

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
historic landscapes
horses (equipment)
men (male humans)
mountains
natural landscapes
travel photography

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