A romantic portrait, Carte de visite

From January 19 to April 21, 2024.

Exhibition room of the Regional Library of Madrid “Joaquín Leguina”.

C/ Ramírez de Prado, 3 – 28045 Madrid

Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Community of Madrid

Last pass half an hour before closing.
Free entrance.

Commissioner: Carlos Celles

Photographic portraits were a social phenomenon in the second half of the 19th century. This new carte de visita format brought with it a huge demand, and this, together with the competition between the studios that were setting up shop attracted by this unusual business opportunity of the 1960s, led to a gradual lowering of prices, which that turned portraiture into an art form accessible to a greater number of social classes. The practice of portraiture became common in the daily lives of families.

The FBS Foundation collaborates in this exhibition by contributing pieces from its collection and participating in the conference program on February 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

1. Introduction to stereoscopic photography

 Yolanda Fernández – Barredo Sevilla and Juan José Sánchez García.
  • The origins of stereoscopic vision and its drift until the emergence of photography (1839).
  • The relationship of stereoscopy with the Carte de Visite, the cameras that capture the images.
  • Stereoscopic formats.
  • The false stereoscopy.
  • The family tree of stereoscopy until today, its evolution and adaptation.


2. Application to the Heliogravure technique

Carles Mitjà  (

  • Heliogravure, photography print.
  • Epistolary relationship between Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) and William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877).
  • Stereoscopic heliogravure.