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Venice, Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront with Carlo Naya’s studio, Print 1868 – 1893
albumen paper print mounted on card, hand coloured

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Venice in early photographs
6 September – 25 November 2018

The Paintings Gallery of the
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

hosted by the Theatermuseum
Lobkowitzplatz 2, 1010 Vienna - Austria
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Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
  Venice, Doge’s Palace with the Ponte della Paglia, Print after 1877
albumen paper print mounted on card 
The first showcase exhibition solely dedicated to photography explores the third major collecting area (together with drawings and prints) of the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Today, although the collection has approx.
22,000 photographic prints on paper, these holdings are little known and barely researched. The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna began collecting photography in 1855. The photographs range from city vistas and views of historic buildings to landscapes, studies of ‘types’ in traditional costumes from around the world, art works, and flora and fauna.
The works by Carlo Naya (Tronzano Vercellese near Turin 1816 – 1882 Venice) belong to the larger sets of prints in the collection by renowned photographers.
After studying law in Pisa and several years travelling extensively through Italy, Europe and Mediterranean countries, Naya settled for a time in Istanbul before opening his first studio in Venice in 1857. From an amateur photographer, he developed into one of nineteenth-century Italy’s leading travel, architecture and art photographers.
  Venice, Ponte di Rialto, Negative 1857 – 1864
print before 1893, albumen paper print mounted on card 
His scenes of Venice, its palaces, bridges, squares, and canals, defined the city’s image for decades. The hand-coloured Venice views are especially picturesque. In some cases, particularly where the colour was applied thickly, it is even difficult to identify them as photographs. Naya’s views of Venice were highly prized by his contemporaries and won numerous awards and medals at World Exhibitions.
The Graphic Collection has nearly 100 of Carlo Naya’s photographic prints of buildings and art works in Venice. Acquired by the Academy in the late nineteenth century, they provided visual materials for art students. Naya not only photographed the must-see sights for every Venice tourist, but also art works in palaces and churches, or in museums such as the Galleria dell’Accademia. Hardly surprisingly, since the photographic collection also aimed to provide an encyclopaedic range of models for study, most of these photographic prints show art works.
In the exhibition, Naya’s black-and-white photographs of paintings are exemplified by prints of three ceiling murals in the Doge’s Palace. Naya’s specialities also included photographs from high buildings, such as the Campanile (bell-tower) on St Mark’s Square. The exhibition also shows one of these views in a total of 17 works providing an initial insight into Naya’s oeuvre.
  Venice, vista from the Campanile with the Punta della Dogana, the Church of Santa Maria della Salute and Giudecca island, Negative
before 1864
albumen paper print mounted on card 
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