Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità (Moonlight Effect), Carlo Naya
Carlo Naya
Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità (Moonlight Effect)
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Carlo Naya

Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità (Moonlight Effect), ca. 1870


Blatt
18.6 x 24.0 cm
Karton
39.5 x 31.7 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.3657-51
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The mysterious aura of the “Floating City” in the silvery light of the moon had already been discovered in painting. The painter Friedrich Nerly, for example, had made a name for himself with nocturnal views of Venice. In the photography medium, it was Carlo Naya who specialized in this area. He had to go to tremendous pains, however, to achieve comparable effects. He shot the buildings and the cloudy sky separately during the day, strongly underexposing the film, and then assembled the negatives. When the print was developed on bluish prepared photo paper, the lighter zones took on the appearance of reflected moonlight. The scenes were extremely popular with tourists because they intensified the myth of Venice conveyed by romantic literature—as a place of intrigues and secret love affairs. Naya and Nerly were acquainted, and the photographer reproduced the works of the painter from 1865 onwards.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità (Moonlight Effect)
Photographer
Part Number / Total
51 / 94
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten links auf der Fotografie: Druckschriftzeile: 11. VENEZIA; CANAL GRANDE
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet recto unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: St.F. 3657-51

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century

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11.09.2023