Venice: Bridge of Sighs, Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti
Venice: Bridge of Sighs
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Carlo Ponti

Venice: Bridge of Sighs, ca. 1860 – 1870


Blatt
35.0 x 26.0 cm
Karton
44.0 x 30.5 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.862
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

Texts

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 Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Blindstempel: CARLO PONTI; VENEZIA
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Druckschrift: N. 62. Ponte dei Sospiri; (- weitere Beschreibung der Abbildung in Französisch und Englisch); (Deposé)

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
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(VENEZIA) names of cities and villages (VENEZIA)
  • 61F(PALAZZO DUCALE (Venedig)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (PALAZZO DUCALE (Venedig))
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
Secondary

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19.02.2024