Pozzuoli: Solfatara, Giorgio Sommer
Giorgio Sommer
Pozzuoli: Solfatara
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Giorgio Sommer

Pozzuoli: Solfatara, ca. 1870


Blatt
25.6 x 20.3 cm
Karton
32.7 x 24.2 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.1275
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

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This photo shows us one of some forty craters forming the Phlegraean Fields, a highly active volcanic region to the west of Naples. The Solfatara, a crater in the township of Pozzuoli, is known for the fumarole phenomenon. Giorgio Sommer captured the jets of steam and fumes after the manner of a nature study. Seemingly guided by an almost scientific interest, he framed the scene in such a way as to bring out the rough surface consistency of the geological formation. The fugacity of the volcanic vapours forms a suspenseful contrast to the enduring substance of the stone.

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28.05.2024