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Sanremo - Vicolo del Giuoco della Palla

Accession Number
1982/1.231

Title
Sanremo - Vicolo del Giuoco della Palla

Artist(s)
Carlo Brogi

Object Creation Date
1881-1895

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
9 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in (24.13 cm x 20 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Howard Bond

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a street-level view down a medieval Italian alleyway. Spanning across the narrow gap between the buildings are a series of five archways, each at a different height, which are meant to brace and provide architectural support. The alleyway is lined with shuttered windows, hovels, stoops, and doorways. An illegible shop sign hangs in the middle of the alley next to a wrought-iron lantern. The photographer’s presence is known to the inhabitants of the space; on the street, a young boy in dark clothing and a woman in a light dress are seated and facing towards the camera. In the upper left of the image, two women lean out of a windowsill and look down at photographer. The camera’s sharp focus makes apparent the rich plethora of textures on the stained and worn alleyway. 

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a street-level view down a medieval Italian alleyway. The alleyway has archways that connect the buildings on either side. Seated on the street and leaning out of a window, a small group of spectators face the camera. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Urban life
alleys
alleys (streets)
arches
archways
bridges
buildings
groups
groups of people
old towns
seated
stores
streets
urban history

1 Related Resource

Italy in 19th-Century Photography
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)

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