Vol. 153 (2023): Archivio per l'Antropologia e la Etnologia
Research Papers

Sopra un dagherrotipo conservato nel Museo di Antropologia di Firenze

Maria Gloria Roselli
Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università degli Studi di Firenze - Sede di Antropologia e Etnologia
The cover of the CLIII_2023 volume

Published 2023-11-01


  • photography,
  • Mantegazza,
  • South America

How to Cite

Roselli, M. G. (2023). Sopra un dagherrotipo conservato nel Museo di Antropologia di Firenze. Archivio Per l’Antropologia E La Etnologia, 153, 137–148. https://doi.org/10.36253/aae-2346


The article tells the story of a daguerreotype conserved in the photo library of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, SMA, of the University of Florence. It is the portrait of a young South American native, taken in a photographic studio in Tarija, Bolivia. The client was Paolo Mantegazza, founder of the Florentine Museum and the first scholar in Italy to establish the chair of Anthropology. After a historical reconstruction of the circumstances in which Mantegazza had the portrait executed, the theoretical assumptions underlying the scholar's convictions and writings are examined.