Our Art / Gaudenzio Marconi
Seeing the opportunity for the then new medium of photography, Marconi (1841–1885) began to capture the human figure in highly staged photographs. He then sold these photographic figure studies, to students at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Accomplished artists and students often sketched the figure from photographs when living models were not available or proved too costly. The poses were generally imitations of those seen in the classical sculptures of the Renaissance, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome.