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Palazzo dei Dogi o ducale; veduta generale

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Palazzo dei Dogi o ducale; veduta generale

Carlo Ponti

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1860 - 1870

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

12 in x 17 1/4 in (30.5 cm x 43.8 cm);18 3/16 in x 22 3/16 in (46.2 cm x 56.36 cm)

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

Subject matter
Created from a short distance, this photograph depicts a wide view of the Ducal Palace in Venice. The camera was positioned facing the corner of the structure, allowing one to see two sides of the building. Spanning the bottom length of the impressive structure are two colonnaded levels, one on top of the other. Above these arcades are a series of evenly-spaced, enormous arched windows. Centered on either side of the palace are two terraces framed with columns and statues. The upper level of the palace is adorned with a geometric pattern of alternating light and dark diagonal squares. Lining the roof of the palace are a series of pointed, triangular parapets. The wide piazza below is empty save for two men standing in conversation in the center of the image, their forms dwarfed by the towering column to their right. At the top of this column, perched on a corinthian capital, is a statue of a lion—the symbol of Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice. 

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of a palatial structure with long colonnaded arcades at its base.  In the piazza in the foreground two men stand in conversation next to a tall column with a statue of a lion on top.

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Italian Renaissance-Baroque styles
Northern Italian
Renaissance-Baroque architecture styles
Venetian (Republic, culture or style)
columns (architectural elements)
ducal palaces
historic monuments
piazzas (squares)

3 Related Resources

Italy in 19th-Century Photography
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Italian Renaissance Architecture 
(Part of: Histart 250: Italian Renaissance Art )
Making the Modern Mediterranean - browsing resource
(Part of: F20 Ballinger - HISTORY 497 - Making the Modern Mediterranean)

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