Milan: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Giorgio Sommer
Giorgio Sommer
Milan: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Giorgio Sommer

Milan: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, ca. 1868 – 1873


Blatt
24.0 x 18.2 cm
Karton
38.0 x 30.9 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.1015
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The building looks like a cathedral, but what lies behind the massive construction is in fact a nineteenth-century temple of consumption. "Among the glassed-in passages of Europe this one is by far the most beautiful and magnificent," claimed Baedeker's travel guide (1870) of the shopping mile in Milan, which had opened in 1867. Giorgio Sommer shows the magnificent structure with its decorated arcades in a single view. He has deliberately chosen a moment without the usual hectic bustle of the department store. Only the silhouettes of two men create a sense of scale and make clear the vastness of the architecture.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Milan: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten links auf der Fotografie: Druckschriftzeile: No. 1931. Galleria V.E. (Milano)
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Blindstempel: GIORGIO SOMMER; STUDIO MONTE DI DIO 4.; MAGAZZINO S. CATERINA 5.; NAPOLI

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Medial Picture Elements
  • Raffaele Casnedi: Amerika, 1865-1867, ehemals Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II., Original verschollen (1910 abgenommen und durch Mosaiken ersetzt).

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(MILANO) names of cities and villages (MILANO)
  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 31D14 adult man
Secondary
  • 25I144 square, place, circus, etc.
  • 41A36 roof (of house or building)
  • 47G534 glass ~ building material
  • 48C1621 arcade ~ architecture
  • 48C1623 dome ~ architecture
  • 48C2 sculpture

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Last update

01.02.2023