Naples: Street Scene with Transport Coach, Giorgio Sommer
Giorgio Sommer
Naples: Street Scene with Transport Coach
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Giorgio Sommer

Naples: Street Scene with Transport Coach, ca. 1880 – 1890


Blatt
20.6 x 25.5 cm
Karton
24.3 x 32.9 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.1296
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
On display, Department of Prints and Drawings Exhibition Gallery

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About the Work

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 a series entitled Costumi (Customs), he captured purportedly characteristic everyday scenes. By populating his scenes with merchants and craftspersons—in some cases hired to pose for the shot—he conveyed the image of a traditional, pre-industrial society.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Naples: Street Scene with Transport Coach
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: 11646 NAPOLI Costume
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

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 4 Society, Civilization, Culture
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(NAPOLI) names of cities and villages (NAPOLI)
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 25F animals
  • 46C13141 horse
Secondary
  • 34B11 dog
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 46C14 animal traction, animal-drawn vehicle (carriage etc.)
  • 46C145 (farm) wagon, freight wagon, cart

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Last update

19.02.2024