Palazzo del Podestà and Campanile of the Badia; Fratelli Alinari; ca. 1890; 1979...

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Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop

Name/Title

Palazzo del Podestà and Campanile of the Badia

About this object

Leopoldo Alinari opened a photographic studio in Florence in either 1850 or 1852 with Giuseppe Bardi. The studio was known as Fratelli Alinari presso Bardi (Alinari Brothers for Bardi). Leopoldo, along with his two brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo, purchased the studio from Bardi in 1854 and formed the company Fratelli Alinari Fotografi Editori. Leopoldo acted as the photographer with Giuseppe as the organizer and Romualdo as the administrator. The studio primarily reproduced works of art and made views of Tuscany, Rome and Pisa. Leopoldo died in 1865, followed by Giuseppe in 1890 and Romualdo in 1891. Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A was then run from 1892-1918 by Leopoldo’s son Vittorio, with assistance from Giuseppe’s son Arturo. The studio was active from 1854-1920.

This albumen print shows the skyline of Florence, with the campanile (bell tower) of the Badia Florentina church and the Palazzo del Podesta being the main focal points. The campanile was completed between 1310-1330, and has a Romanesque style at its base and a Gothic style nearer to the top. Giovanni Villani, a famous chronicler. was in charge of overseeing its construction. The Palazzo del Podestà, although now an art museum, was formerly a prison. It is also known as the Bargello. Built in the 13th century, it was originally intended to be a palace for the mayor (or Podestà). The Medici changed the purpose of the building in 1574, where it became a prison and remained the Florentine police headquarters until 1859. This photograph nicely displays the Vologna Tower. It re-opened as the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in 1865, and is home to a large collection of Italian Gothic and Renaissance sculptures.

Place Made

Florence, Italy

Maker

Fratelli Alinari

Maker Role

Studio

Format

Mounted photograph

Date Made

ca. 1890

Medium and Materials

Albumen print.

Inscription and Marks

recto: [ink] Florence Palazzo del Podestà and Campanile of the Badia recto: [in image] 2974 verso: [ink] [damaged] 723.46 F66-8 7743 verso: [pencil] .A411 Me.179:116:4 7743 ✓ R-G 9

Measurements

Image: 24.3 cm x 18.6 cm
Overall: 35.5 cm x 27.9 cm

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Italy

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Alinari

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1890s

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19th Century Photography

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Florence

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palace

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Palazzo del Podestà

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The Bargello

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prison

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art gallery

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The Badia

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tower

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campanile

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Vologna Tower

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skyline

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cityscape

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Church

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bell tower

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Architecture

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

1979:0116:0004

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