Two views of Florence
Two unmounted albumen prints, each showing a view of Florence [Italian: Firenze].
The first shows the Loggia dei Lanzi on the Piazza della Signoria, with carriages waiting in the foreground. ‘The Rape of the Sabines’ by Jean de Boulogne and ‘Perseus with the Head of Medusa’ by Cellini can be seen under the Loggia. Between them stands the much restored Roman sculpture ‘Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus,’ also called ‘Achilles supporting the body of Ajax,’ which has since been moved to a less prominent position behind Cellini’s Perseus.
Dimensions: the print measures 9.6” by 7.1” (24.4 cm by 18.1 cm). An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the location as the ‘Loggia d’Orgagna’ [sic]. The structure is also sometimes called the Loggia d’Orcagna, because it was once thought to have been designed by that artist, and the Loggia della Signoria, after the square it faces.
The second photograph is a view of the Uffizi gallery and the Palazzo Vecchio, with Brunelleschi’s dome on the city’s cathedral in the middle distance.
Dimensions: print measures 9.5” by 7.3” (24.2 cm by 18.6 vm) and is in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the location.
Condition: both prints are in excellent condition, with very good tonal range.