Pisa: The Leaning Tower, Enrico Van Lint
Enrico Van Lint
Pisa: The Leaning Tower
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Enrico Van Lint

Pisa: The Leaning Tower, ca. 1855


Blatt
14.5 x 10.9 cm
Karton
24.9 x 20.9 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.398
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

To this day, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most photographed sights in Italy. In the 1850s, the trained sculptor Enrico Van Lint repeatedly photographed the tower and the other buildings on the Cathedral Square from different perspectives. Under good weather conditions, the exposure times ranged between 20 seconds and 7 minutes, on overcast days up to 18 minutes. In the second half of the nineteenth century—long before the invention of the picture postcard—travellers to Italy could purchase the small-scale prints as souvenirs. This view by Enrico Van Lint is one of the oldest objects in the Städel Museum’s ancient photography collection which, like the photo itself, dates back to around 1850.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Pisa: The Leaning Tower
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Blindstempel: E. Van Lint

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
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(PISA) names of cities and villages (PISA)
  • 61D(TOSCANA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (TOSCANA) (TOSCANA)
  • 61F(SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA (Pisa)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA (Pisa))
Secondary

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19.02.2024