Venice: Bridge of Sighs, Giovanni Battista Brusa
Giovanni Battista Brusa
Venice: Bridge of Sighs
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Giovanni Battista Brusa

Venice: Bridge of Sighs, ca. 1860

26.4 x 19.7 cm
34.7 x 25.4 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
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Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Not on display


About the Work

The so-called Bridge of Sighs led from the Doge’s Palace to the Prigioni Nuove, the “New Prison”. On their way across, convicts are said to have issued a sigh at the brief glimpse of freedom. The famous Venice landmark is one of the world’s most photographed bridges—and that was already the case in the nineteenth century. Countless photographers have adopted the same slightly oblique angle of view from the pedestrian bridge Ponte della Paglia opposite the south façade of the Bridge of Sighs. Their photos differ in the play of shadows—as determined by the respective position of the sun—, the tonal richness, and the number of gondolas. This perspective on the bridge has etched itself in the collective visual

memory and is still encountered in the social media today as the ideal angle for holiday pics.

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