Naples: Pallonetto di Santa Lucia, Giorgio Sommer
Giorgio Sommer
Naples: Pallonetto di Santa Lucia
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Giorgio Sommer

Naples: Pallonetto di Santa Lucia, ca. 1890


Blatt
25.8 x 20.6 cm
Karton
32.9 x 24.3 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.1301
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

Texts

About the Acquisition

Naples held great appeal for tourists not only because of its charming coastal scenery and awe-inspiring Mount Vesuvius, but also thanks to its customs and traditions. Particularly from the 1880s onwards, Italian-based photographers increasingly marketed studies of human beings that shaped and continually fuelled the cliché of the poor but carefree population of Southern Italy. With his outsider’s perspective on the Italian culture, the native Frankfurter Giorgio Sommer contributed to shaping the visual habits of tourists. In one series he depicted street scenes—in some cases staged—such as this one of the Pallonetto di Santa Lucia. The 1876 Baedeker travel guide for Southern Italy and Sicily likewise presented a stereotypical image of the district, claiming “The family life of the Neapolitan people unfolds here in the most uninhibited manner.” For the instant captured in the shot, the lively goings-on on the steps were simulated: in between the lines of laundry hung up to dry, numerous residents pose for the photographer’s camera.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Naples: Pallonetto di Santa Lucia
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: 2208 NAPOLI Pallonetto, S. Lucia
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf der Fotografie: Druckschriftzeile: Sommer - Napoli
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts teils auf der Fotografie, teils auf dem Trägerkarton: Stempel: STAEDELSCHES; KUNST-INSTITUT

Property and Acquisition

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

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 4 Society, Civilization, Culture
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(NAPOLI) names of cities and villages (NAPOLI)
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 42A51 toddler
  • 25I141 street
  • 41D fashion, clothing
  • 41D421 hanging the wash to dry
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
Secondary

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10.04.2024