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A topographical cabinet card showing a view of the Piazza San Marco in Venice. The Piazza has always been seen as the centre of Venice and was the location of all the important offices of the Venetian state. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices still prevail over the sound of motorized traffic. A remark often attributed to Napoleon (but perhaps more correctly to Alfred to Musset) describes the piazza as 'the drawing room of Europe'.

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: cab128
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