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


Blatt
26.4 x 19.7 cm
Karton
34.7 x 25.4 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
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

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Venice: Bridge of Sighs
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 in der Fotografie: Handschriftlich: 62. VENEZIA - PONTE DEI SOSPIRI
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf der Fotografie: Blindstempel: GB BRUSA; VENEZIA

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
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
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 61E(VENEZIA) names of cities and villages (VENEZIA)
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61F(PALAZZO DUCALE (Venedig)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (PALAZZO DUCALE (Venedig))
Secondary
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
  • 46C112 bridge
  • 25H22 canal
  • 41A31 façade (of house or building)

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Last update

15.05.2023