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Already in the early 1850ies, the Academy started to acquire works from the studios of Bisson frères, Édouard-Denis Baldus, Johann Franz Michiels and Fratelli Alinari, thus accumulating a collection of photographs which today comprises about 20000 including important works from the era of early photography.

Bild1   Petros Moraites
Athen, Akademie der Wissenschaften, Kapitelle und Friese auf der Baustelle, around 1870
Historical photographs from the inheritance of  Theophil Hansen, 360 x 500 mm
© Kupferstichkabinett (Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna