Monte Pellegrino e il Molo Palermo

Accession Number

Monte Pellegrino e il Molo Palermo

Giorgio Sommer

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

7 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in (18.1 cm x 24.13 cm);14 in x 17 in (35.56 cm x 43.18 cm);9 5/8 in x 12 9/16 in (24.45 cm x 31.91 cm);7 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in (18.1 cm x 24.13 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a view of Palermo’s pier and harbor in the late 1800’s. Created while standing at the top of a lighthouse looking back towards the mainland, the photograph frames a wide view of surrounding maritime infrastructure. The lighthouse was situated on a long stone pier which runs in a straight line away from the camera towards the land. The pier’s right side is abutted by a thick jetty of stones to protect it from waves. On the left of the pier a fleet of wooden sail ships are docked at their moorings. The harbor beyond is lined with large cement buildings and warehouses. Rising in the distance is the uniquely shaped Monte Pellegrino, a mountainous land formation that overlooks the city of Palermo and its bay. From this vantage point, the center of Monte Pellegrino appears to gently slope upwards, while its left and right sides fall away in sheer rocky cliffs.  

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of the harbor of Palermo, a stone pier running through the frame and a fleet of wooden sail ships at their moorings. In the background rises the mountainous land formation of Monte Pellegrino.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Sicilian (culture or style)
South Italian (Italian culture or style)
jetties (erosion protection works)
piers (marine landings)

2 Related Resources

Italy in 19th-Century Photography
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Nature in Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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