Title in period pen. The number "168" reversed out of the negative. The image is usually printed later in albumen. It is quite rare in a salt print.
The Arno is a river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber. The bridge in the image is the Ponte Santa Trìnita (Italian for Holy Trinity Bridge, named for the ancient church in the nearest stretch of via de' Tornabuoni) . The Ponte Santa Trìnita is a Renaissance bridge and is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world, the three flattened ellipses giving the structure its celebrated elegant appearance. The outside spans each measure 29 m (95 ft) with the centrer span being 32 m (105 ft) in length. The bridge just beyond is the Ponte alla Carraia. The view was taken from the Ponte Vecchio.
See: Sobieszek, "This Edifice is Colossal": 19th-century Architectural Photography, pl.127. There is an albumen print of the image in the Eastman Museum.
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Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1854c Print Date 1850s
Dimensions 11-3/4 x 16-5/8 in. (298 x 422 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country Italy
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