Front / Recto

  • Title Ilse Langner
  • Negative Date c. 1930
  • Print Date 1932–33
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 8 7/8 × 6 1/2" (22.5 × 16.5 cm)
    Mount 16 1/8 x 12 9/16" (40.9 x 31.9 cm)
  • Place Taken Berlin
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther
  • MoMA Accession Number 1709.2001
  • Copyright © Lotte Jacobi Collection, University of New Hampshire

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type Mount (original)
  • Marks and Inscriptions

    Signed in pencil on mount recto, bottom right: Jacobi. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso, top left: Selbstbildnis Lotte Jacobi/stammt etwa von 1930/—nach eigener Aussage [1]. Stamped in black ink on mount verso, center: foto-jacobi/berlin w 15/kurfürstendamm 216/fernsprecher bismarck 5215.

    [1] "Self-portrait of Lotte Jacobi dating from roughly 1930—according to her own testimony."
  • Provenance The artist; to a private collection, Berlin [1]; sold through Villa Grisebach Auktionen, Berlin (sale 66, lot 1217), to Thomas Walther, November 27, 1998 [2]; given to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] MacGill/Walther 2001(4), p. 6.
    [2] Ibid.; and Villa Grisebach invoice no. 66–69, December 1, 1998.

Surface

  • Retouch Detail
    Detail showing etching. The area of detail is 11.5 x 18 mm. Department of Conservation, MoMA
  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Mount
    Retouching (additive)
    Retouching (reductive)
  • PTM
    View of the recto of the artwork made using reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) software, which exaggerates subtle surface details and renders the features of the artwork plainly visible. Department of Conservation, MoMA
  • Micro-raking
    Raking-light close-up image, as shot. Area of detail is 6.7 x 6.7 mm. Department of Conservation, MoMA
    Raking-light close-up image, processed. Processing included removal of color, equalization of the histogram, and sharpening, all designed to enhance visual comparison. Department of Conservation, MoMA

Paper Material

  • Format Unknown
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso no data
  • Fiber Analysis No fiber data available
  • Material Techniques Developing-out paper
    Baryta-less paper
  • XRF

    This work was determined to be a gelatin silver print via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

    The following elements have been positively identified in the work, through XRF readings taken from its recto and verso (or from the mount, where the verso was not accessible):

    • Recto: Al, Si, P S, K, Ca, Cr, Fe, Zn, Rb, Sr, Ag, Ba, Pb
    • Verso: Al, Si, S, K, Ca, Fe, Rb, Pb

    The graphs below show XRF spectra for three areas on the print: two of the recto—from areas of maximum and minimum image density (Dmax and Dmin)—and one of the verso or mount. The background spectrum represents the contribution of the XRF instrument itself. The first graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the lower energy range (0 to 8 keV). The second graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the higher energy range (8 to 40 keV).

    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca, Cr, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Fe, Zn, Rb, Sr, Ag, Pb

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