Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità, Giorgio Sommer;   attributed
Giorgio Sommer
Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità
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Giorgio Sommer attributed

Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità, ca. 1860 – 1870


Blatt
18.0 x 23.9 cm
Karton
29.4 x 35.8 cm
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
St.F.1955
Acquisition
Ancient holdings. Acquired in the 19th century
Status
Not on display

Texts

About the Work

Early photographers took orientation from veduta painting, which owed its development to eighteenth-century tourism. As in Nerly’s composition, the dome of Santa Maria della Salute also dominates the scene in the shot by Carlo Naya. Here, however, it does not mark the centre of the composition but has been shifted to the right, drawing the viewer’s gaze somewhat further into the depths towards the Adriatic Sea. Owing to technical limitations, photographers had to do without the reproduction of atmospheric phenomena. The long exposure times transformed the waves into a smooth surface. To prevent the movement of the clouds in the sky from causing streaks, the photographer covered that area of the negative with black or red ink before exposure. The result was an evenly bright background that sets off the minute details of the pin-sharp architecture to especially good effect.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Venice: View of the Canal Grande and Santa Maria della Salute from the Ponte della Carità
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Albumen print mounted on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten unten links auf der Fotografie: Druckschriftzeile: No. 3540 Canal Grande dal Ponte di Ferro (Venezia)
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso oben links auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: Dubl.
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: 39370l
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Stempel: SI
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: StF 1955

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
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)
  • 61E(VENEZIA) names of cities and villages (VENEZIA)
  • 61F(VENEDIG-DORSODURO) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (VENEDIG-DORSODURO)
  • 61D(CANAL GRANDE (Venezia)) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (CANAL GRANDE (Venezia)) (CANAL GRANDE (Venezia))
  • 61F(DOGANA DA MAR (Venezia)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (DOGANA DA MAR (Venezia))
  • 61F(SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE (Venezia)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE (Venezia))
  • 61F(PUNTA DELLA DOGANA (Venezia)) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (PUNTA DELLA DOGANA (Venezia))
  • 11Q711 building of church
  • 25H22 canal
  • 11H(MARK) Mark (Marcus) the evangelist, and bishop of Alexandria; possible attributes: book, (winged) lion, pen and inkhorn, scroll
  • 91B136 (story of) Atlas
  • 96A5(FORTUNA) Fortuna as Roman personification
  • 11I62(MOSES) Moses (not in biblical context); possible attributes: rays of light or horns on his head, rod, Tables of the Law
  • 11H(MATTHEW) the apostle and evangelist Matthew (Mattheus); possible attributes: angel, axe, book, halberd, pen and inkhorn, purse, scroll, square, sword
  • 11H(LUKE) Luke the evangelist; possible attributes: book, (winged) ox, portrait of the Virgin, surgical instruments, painter's utensils, scroll
  • 11H(JOHN) the apostle John the Evangelist; possible attributes: book, cauldron, chalice with snake, eagle, palm, scroll
Secondary
  • 48C1623 dome ~ architecture
  • 41A31 façade (of house or building)
  • 11F the Virgin Mary
  • 11F2321 'Immaculata', 'Purisima': Mary with saints

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10.04.2024