Jardin de Gethsemané, vue générale – The garden of Gethsemane, general view

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Jardin de Gethsemané, vue générale – The garden of Gethsemane, general view

Felix Bonfils

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1867-1885

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

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

Credit Line
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond

Subject matter
Rows of neatly arranged flowers and trees, surrounded by a wood and stone fence, indicate the biblical Garden of Gethsemane. The viewer looks down into the garden as through from a second- or third-story window, just above the branches of a large olive tree. The medieval walls of Jerusalem trace the top left edge of the photograph; the sunbathed stone almost blends in with the pale sky. This image is one of hundreds of photographs made throughout Bonfils's career which purport to document various landscapes, cityscapes, and people of the eastern Mediterranean. 

Physical Description
A view down onto a fenced-off garden; a crenellated stone wall and dome are visible in the background. 

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city walls
cultural landscapes
fences (site elements)
historic gardens
travel photography

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