The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography

The Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace

A topographical cabinet card showing the façade of the Doge’s Palace which faces towards the Venetian Lagoon. Largely constructed between 1309 and 1424, the use of arcading in the lower stories produces a ‘gravity-defying’ effect. The bridge seen here in the foreground is the Ponte della Paglia.

Photographed by Carlo Ponti of Venice.

Carlo Ponti studied photography in Paris in the 1840s. In 1852, he obtained a license to produce and sell photographs in Venice. He ran the first of the big photographic businesses in the city, producing albums with architectural views of great artistic sensitivity. He was also the inventor of camera lenses suitable for panoramic photography.


Code: 126234
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