There are a few places on earth where the history of photography returns and persists. The Villa Medici is one of them. In spring of 1842, it welcomed a curious traveler, the scholar, painter and archaeologist, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, who was on his way to Greece, Egypt and the Middle East. Installed on a garden terrace, he made this panorama of the Casino Raphaël, home of the Renaissance painter, which still stood in the park of the Villa Borghese. It was destroyed in 1849.