‘Bride of the Desert: An Exploration of Palmyra’ Opens at The Sheldon

  • March 2, 2018 • 5 PM
  • The Sheldon

Félix Bonfils (Fr., 1831-1885); Palymra: Triumphal Arch. (ca. 1870); albumen print from glass negative; Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection, University Archives

A new exhibit, ‘Bride of the Desert: An Exploration of Palmyra,’ will open on Friday, March 2, at The Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63108). As a thriving caravan city of the Roman frontier during the 1st – 3rd centuries CE, Palmyra contained an array of temples, colonnaded streets, theaters, and commercial areas. Today, the city, which is located in war-torn Syria, has been almost completely destroyed.

The new exhibit was curated by photo historian David R. Hanlon. It features a group of 19th-century and contemporary photographs of Palmyra from the local public and private collections of Michael J. Fuller, Frank Mason Good, David R. Hanlon, John Henry Haynes, Don McCullin, and others. The exhibition also includes photographs from the Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection in University Archives and books from the Washington University Libraries’ Art & Architecture Library. Augmenting the exhibit will be motion graphic and virtual reality pieces created by designers at St. Louis Community College.