Roman Forum before the excavations seen from the Capitol
In addition to engravers and painters, the theme of the ancient and the monumental is also joined by distinguished artists-photographers of urban landscape: first of all the calotypists of the "Roman School" Fréderich Flacheron, Eugène Constant, Alfred Nicholas Normand, Giron des Anglonnes and the painter perspective, converted to photography, Giacomo Caneva; later famous names such as Anderson, MacPherson, Ashby, Chaufforiers, Sommer, Tuminello, Cuccioni, Altobelli and D'Alessandri, just to name a few. The photograph that documents the appearance of the Roman Forum before the excavation work, begun in 1871 by Pietro Rosa, is attributed to Tommaso Cuccioni because it is very similar to another photograph by Cuccioni of which there is an example in the collection of Dietmar Siegert in Monaco and another example in the collection of Dario Reteuna in Turin. Cuccioni was from 1830 chalcographer and merchant of prints. With the advent of photography, he first bought for his shop, in via Croce 88 and then in via Condotti 18, daguerreotype views, including those of his friend Giacomo Caneva, then, from 1852, he began to photograph in first person, specializing in the large format monumental view. He was praised at the Exhibition of the Société Française de Photographie of 1859 for the views of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Laocoon sculptural group, the Arch of Constantine.