Pompeii: Fountain in the House of the Balcony, Sommer & Behles, Giorgio Sommer, Edmondo Behles
Sommer & Behles, Giorgio Sommer, Edmondo Behles
Pompeii: Fountain in the House of the Balcony
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Sommer & Behles
Giorgio Sommer
Edmondo Behles

Pompeii: Fountain in the House of the Balcony, ca. 1865 – 1870


Blatt
23.8 x 18.1 cm
Karton
38.7 x 32.2 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.990
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

An impoverished citizen of Frankfurt became one of the most successful entrepreneurs of Naples. In 1856, the photographer Georg Sommer moved to Italy and began building what would soon be a flourishing business: his atmospheric images of the Southern Italian countryside, its inhabitants, and ancient sites were as much coveted by tourists as by those who stayed at home. His view of a Pompeiian house exudes an aura of melancholy. Remains such as the elegant putto above the fountain allude to the former riches of a past culture.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Pompeii: Fountain in the House of the Balcony
Studio
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. 1256. Fontana nella casa del gran balcone. (Pompei)
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf dem Treägerkarton: Blindstempel: SOMMER & BEHLES; ROMA E NAPOLI; MARIO DE' FIORI 98, MONTE DI DIO 4

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
Secondary
  • 48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture
  • 48C16 architectural detail
  • 48C5142 picture within picture
Associative
  • 25C11 eruption (of volcano)

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19.02.2024