Rome: Fishermen on the Tiber near the Castel Sant’Angelo, Gioacchino Altobelli
Gioacchino Altobelli
Rome: Fishermen on the Tiber near the Castel Sant’Angelo
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Gioacchino Altobelli

Rome: Fishermen on the Tiber near the Castel Sant’Angelo, ca. 1860


Blatt
27.7 x 38.0 cm
Karton
47.8 x 62.4 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.709
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

Gioacchino Altobelli had previously been active as a history and portrait painter. Here he staged Christian Rome in a photographic composition distinguished by the utmost harmony. The Ponte Sant’Angelo with its Baroque sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini divides the pictorial field about halfway between top and bottom, leaving plenty of space for the reflections of St Peter’s Basilica and the Castel Sant'Angelo in the smooth surface of the Tiber. The photographer was judicious in his choice of staffage in the foreground. The pipe smoker’s fishing rod and the long stick leaning against the shoulder of the man on the bank point the viewer’s gaze to the main monuments, which appear all the more imposing

as a result. At the same time, with the fishing motif Altobelli was alluding to symbolic imagery widespread in the Christian pictorial tradition. He was one of the city’s most successful photographers.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Rome: Fishermen on the Tiber near the Castel Sant’Angelo
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 der Fotografie: Blindstempel: ALTOBELLI
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet recto oben links auf dem Trägerkarton (über der Fotografie): Handschriftlich: 50427 (vermutlich ehemalige Inventarnummer)

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
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 4 Society, Civilization, Culture
  • 61E(ROMA) names of cities and villages (ROMA)
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61D(TIBER) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (TIBER) (TIBER)
  • 25H213 river
  • 61F(ENGELSBRÜCKE (Rom)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (ENGELSBRÜCKE (Rom))
  • 61F(ENGELSBURG (Rom)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (ENGELSBURG (Rom))
  • 61F(PETERSKIRCHE (Rom)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (PETERSKIRCHE (Rom))
  • 61F(CAPPELLA SISTINA (Rom)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (CAPPELLA SISTINA (Rom))
  • 61D(VATICANO) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (VATICANO) (VATICANO)
  • 43C128 fisherman
  • 31D14 adult man
Secondary
  • 46C232 rowing-boat, canoe, etc.

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19.02.2024