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Palermo, Orto Botanico, Viale delle Palme

Accession Number
1980/1.173

Title
Palermo, Orto Botanico, Viale delle Palme

Artist(s)
Giorgio Sommer

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1866-1891

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
13 in x 16 in (33.02 cm x 40.64 cm);18 1/8 in x 22 1/16 in (46.04 cm x 56.04 cm)

Credit Line
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a view of the Botanical Garden in Palermo’s city center. The photograph affords a splendid display of various species of aloe plants, acaules, and palm trees; their spiny, pointed fronds form a richly textured canopy. Running down the center of the composition, a path cuts through the garden and meets what appears to be a greenhouse. The ground of the pathway is dappled with light filtering through the trees’ foillage. To the right of the walkway seated on a stone bench is a young man in a dark suit. Legs crossed and sporting a beard and a short brimmed hat, the man looks coolly towards the photographer. Behind him along the low wall of the garden sits a row of potted plants.  

Physical Description
This photograph shows a view of a garden composed of various palm trees and plants. A young man sits on a bench to the right.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Angiospermae (division)
Arecaceae (family)
Mediterranean (Early Western World)
Sicilian (culture or style)
botanical gardens
gardens
gardens (institutions)
groupings of plants
man-made vegetation features
men (male humans)
palm leaf (material)
palm tree
streets

1 Related Resource

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

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