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Contact: Alex Novak and Marthe Smith|
Company: Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.
258 Inverness Circle
Chalfont, PA 18914 USA
Ref.#: 12108Price: $12,000
Medium: Salt print from wet plate negativeMount: on original mountPhoto Date: 1852Print Date: 1852Dimensions: 11-1/16 x 14-3/8 in. (281 x 365 mm)Photo Country: ItalyPhotographer Country: Scotland
Very rare and early large plate photograph from Anderson. Title written in period ink and Spithover blind stamp on recto of mount. Piazza del Popolo is a large square in Rome, Italy. The name in modern Italian literally means "People's Square", but historically it derives from the poplars (populus in Latin, pioppo in Italian) after which the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in the northeast corner of the piazza, takes its name. The Piazza lies inside the northern gate in the Aurelian Walls, once the Porta Flaminia of ancient Rome, and now called Porta del Popolo. This was the starting point of the Via Flaminia, the road to Ariminum (modern Rimini) and the most important route to the north. At the same time, before the age of railroads, it was the traveller's first view of Rome upon arrival. For centuries, the Piazza del Popolo was a place for public executions, the last of which took place in 1826.
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