Francesco Bonaldi & Tarreghetta Pesaro Palace, Venice, Italy
Medium Albumenized salt print from paper negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1855 Print Date 1855
Dimensions 7-9/16 x 9-1/2 in. (192 x 241 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country Italy
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With photographers' names and date reversed out of negative. The Ca' Pesaro is a Baroque marble palace facing the Grand Canal of Venice, Italy. Originally designed by Baldassarre Longhena in mid-17th century, the construction was completed by Gian Antonio Gaspari in 1710. As at Longhena's Ca' Rezzonico, a double order of colossal columns and colonnettes flanking arch-headed windows, reinterpreting a motif of Jacopo Sansovino, Longhena creates the impression of double loggias extending across the main Grand Canal frontage, above a boldly rusticated basement. Today it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia system.
Francesco Bonaldi & Tarreghetta were an early photography duo that took photographs of Venice. Not much is known of them. Becchetti and Zannier do list them. Their prints exhibited the transition between salt and dilute albumen prints. Bonaldi was apparently active from 1852-1868, but we've only found work from 1855. Their studio was located at S. Marco Corte dei Balloni, N. 207, Venezia (Venice).
In Venice, Bonaldi worked in partnership with Tarreghetta and then with Giuseppe Bettini (Calle del Cavalletto 1099), with whom he made a series of stereoscopic views. Bonaldi was in Udine in 1859-60, then returned to Venice; March 22, 1868 he documented the tralazione ash Daniele Manin with a series of images made in St. Mark's Square. The 1902 Guida Commerciale di Venezia under "Photographs on enamel" reports the presence of Francesco Bonaldi at S. Luca, rio Terrà S. Paternian 4245 A.
We have been able to locate only two other holdings of the partner's work: seven prints in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and one in Italy. The work is apparently quite rare and usually found in poor faded condition, if the photographs in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum are any indication. The photograph offered here is quite strong and in fine condition.
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