Torre dell'Orologio

Accession Number

Torre dell'Orologio

Carlo Ponti

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

13 7/8 in x 10 3/4 in (35.24 cm x 27.31 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Becker

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a view of the Torre dell’Orologio in Venice, a Renaissance structure that sits in Piazza San Marco. The camera’s perspective faces the building from the left. The clock face itself is located in the center of the building and is composed of three concentric circles. Seated on a terrace above the clock is a statue of a Madonna and Child. Standing on the ledge above is a statue of a winged lion, the symbol of Venice’s patron saint, Saint Mark. Adorning the building’s roof is a large metal bell, which is flanked by two bronze statues of men. The men wield hammers and appear to be striking the bell. The façade of the building abutting the clock tower’s right is composed of tiers of colonnaded windows. The shorter building abutting its left advertises itself as a hotel, and has several storefront awnings open in front of it. In the piazza before the buildings is a iron lamppost and a tall iron pole which extends off the upper portion of the frame.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of a row of old buildings, the central structure housing a large clock face. This building's façade is adorned with sculptures and atop its roof is a large bell flanked by two bronze statues.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Renaissance-Baroque architecture styles
architecture (object genre)
clock towers (towers)
palazzi pubblichi
piazzas (squares)
rock-cut sculpture
tower clocks (clocks)

3 Related Resources

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

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