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A topographical cabinet card showing the Porta Magna, the principal entrance to the Venice Arsenal. The shipyard and naval depot played a leading role in Venetian empire-building. It was here that the city developed methods of mass-producing warships. At the peak of its efficiency in the early 16th century, the Arsenal employed some 16,000 people and produced nearly one ship a day. The Arsenal also developed new firearms at an early date, beginning with bombards in the 1370's and numerous small arms against the Genoese a few years later.

Photographed by Carlo Ponti of Venice.

Carlo Ponti studied photography in Paris in the 1840’s. 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.

condition: Excellent.
price:  £20
code: cab127
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