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Summary

Four cloth-bound souvenir albums house 92 oversize mounted albumen prints of Venetian landmarks, taken by notable photographer Carlo Naya during the 1860s and perhaps into the 1870s. Handwritten captions are expressed in Italian with some English terms, and are transcribed exactly as they appear. Nearly all the images measure 10 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches, and almost all bear the studio negative number. Subjects include well-known landmarks of Venice, including churches, palaces, canals, bridges, and piazzas, along with city monuments and statuary such as the Winged Lion of St. Mark. Other images show interior details such as tombs, bas-reliefs, altars, and grand staircases. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11356
Title
Carlo Naya photograph albums of Venice
Date
1860s-1870s
Creator
Naya, Carlo
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 4 bound volumes; 92 albumen photographs
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in Italian and English.

Collection Overview

Content Description

These four bound albums house 92 oversize albumen prints showing images of Venetian architecture and artworks taken by notable photographer Carlo Naya during the 1860s and perhaps into the 1870s. The images were secured using the wet-collodion process on large glass plate negatives.

The cloth-bound albums measure 18 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches and each contains just over 20 prints mounted on hinged boards. The albums bear the English title "Venice" on the spines and covers, and are numbered I-IV. Album four reveals the large signature of a former owner - J.E. (John Edwin) Chase, an art collector and amateur naturalist of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Subjects favored by Naya for these albums are the churches, palaces, canals, bridges, and piazzas of Venice, along with city monuments and statuary such as the Winged Lion of St. Mark and the equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni. The photographer's focus is on the elements of design and light; the few small human figures present in most images are included for purposes of scale. Featured sites include: the Palazzo Ducale; Piazza San Marco and the Basilica di San Marco; the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri); the Gran Canale; and the church of SS. Giovanni and Paolo. Many images show interior details such as tombs (Titian and several Doges of Venice), bas-reliefs, altars, and grand staircases. In short, albums such as these display the subjects most sought-after by a knowledgeable tourist, and may have served as visual encyclopedias for educational institutions.

Nearly all the prints measure approximately 10 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches, each mounted on card stock with a handwritten caption below, the photographer's blind-stamp from his Riva Schiavoni studio, and the studio's negative number, which appears in the image. The captions are expressed in Italian with some English terms, and have been transcribed exactly as they appear, with a few errors retained. Only one sequence of images bears a date - 1865. There is a handful of prints with no negative numbers - these have been assigned an identification number starting with "UN." A few prints are signed by Naya (or Naija, as it is sometimes written).

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts.

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Arrangement

Prints are described in this collection guide according to their sequence in the albums.

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[Identification of item], Carlo Naya Photograph Albums of Venice, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Original Prints

4 bound volumes; 92 albumen prints

Note: captions have been transcribed exactly as they are written, with errors retained.

Piazza San Marco, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 1

Original negative number: 48

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0048
Campanile Loggia No. I, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 2

Original negative number: 25

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0025
Campanile Loggia No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 3

Original negative number: 45

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0045
Piazza San Marco, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 4

Original negative number: 55

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0055
Flag-Staff Pedestal, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 5

Original negative number: 84

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0084
Procuratie Vecchia, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 6

Original negative number: 160

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0160
Torre dell'Orologio, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 7

Original negative number: 4

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0004
Basilica di St. Marco, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 8

Original negative number: unknown

Album 1
Print RL-11356-UN01
Porta di St. Marco, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 9

Original negative number: 3

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0003
St. Marco Piazzetta, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 10

Original negative number: 17

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0017
St. Marco, No. I, circa 1860-1868

A negative number 00 is also present. From Album I, page 11

Original negative number: 151

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0151
St. Marco, No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 12

Original negative number: 202

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0202
St. Marco, No. III, circa 1860-1868

Historical caption label in French pasted on back of mount, with title, "Façade principale de la Basilique de Saint Marc." Small blind-stamp, "MSB" in lower right-hand corner of the print. From Album I, page 13

Original negative number: unknown

Album 1
Print RL-11356-UN02
St. Marco, No. IV, circa 1860-1868

Shows the four bronze horses. From Album I, page 14

Original negative number: 47

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0047
Palazzo Ducale, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 15

Original negative number: 53

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0053
Piazzetta San Giorgio Maggiore, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 16

Original negative number: 96

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0096
Palazzo Ducale, No. I, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 17

Original negative number: 38

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0038
Palazzo Ducale, No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 18

Original negative number: 19

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0019
Palace / Bridge of Sighs / Prison, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 19

Original negative number: unknown

Album 1
Print RL-11356-UN03
Bridge of Sighs, No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 20

Original negative number: 36

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0036
Procuratie Nuove, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 21

Original negative number: 130

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0130
Piazzetta San Giorgio, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 22

Original negative number: 109

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0109
Winged Lion of St. Mark, circa 1860-1868

From Album I, page 23

Original negative number: 157

Album 1
Print RL-11356-0157
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." Signed "Co. Naya. 4". From Album II, page 1

Original negative number: Na04

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na04
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." From Album II, page 2

Original negative number: Na10

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na10
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." From Album II, page 3

Original negative number: Na02

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na02
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." From Album II, page 4

Original negative number: Na07

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na07
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." From Album II, page 5

Original negative number: Na08

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na08
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." From Album II, page 6

Original negative number: Na09

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na09
Bassirilievi nella chiesa di SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venezia, 1865 October

Subcaption: "Fotografie tratte dagli originali da C. Naya." From Album II, page 7

Original negative number: Na01

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na01
The Adoration No. I, circa 1860-1868

Signed, "Co. Naya fat [fiat?] 5". From Album II, page 8

Original negative number: Na05

Album 2
Print RL-11356-Na05
The Adoration No. II, circa 1860-1868

Signed, "fa. Co. Naya". Continuation of the previous image, Adoration No. I. From Album II, page 9

Original negative number: unknown

Album 2
Print RL-11356-UN04
Interno della Chiesa dei Gesuiti, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 10

Original negative number: 139

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0139
Coro della Chiesa di S. Giorgio, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 11

Original negative number: 135

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0135
Interno della Chiesa di S. Giovanni e Paolo, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 12

Original negative number: 137

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0137
Porta principale di S. Giovanni di Paolo, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 13

Original negative number: 97

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0097
Entrata della Chiesa dei Frari, circa 1860-1868

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. From Album II, page 14

Original negative number: 211

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0211
Monumento di Tiziano, circa 1860-1868

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. From Album II, page 15

Original negative number: 73

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0073
Monumento di Canova, circa 1860-1868

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. From Album II, page 16

Original negative number: 74

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0074
Monumento di Canova No. II, circa 1860-1868

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. From Album II, page 17

Original negative number: 127

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0127
Monumento del Doge Vendramin, circa 1860-1868

Basilica dei Santi Paolo e Giovanni. From Album II, page 18

Original negative number: 134

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0134
Chiesa di S. Nicolo, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 19

Original negative number: 227

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0227
Interno della Chiesa dei Greci, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 20

Original negative number: 132

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0132
Monumento del Doge Mocenigo, circa 1860-1868

Basilica dei Santi Paolo e Giovanni. From Album II, page 21

Original negative number: 138

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0138
Altare Maggiore dei Scalzi, circa 1860-1868

Santa Maria di Nazareth, also called Chiesa degli Scalzi. From Album II, page 22

Original negative number: 141

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0141
Altare della Madonna del Rosario ai Scalzi, circa 1860-1868

Santa Maria di Nazareth, also called Chiesa degli Scalzi. From Album II, page 23

Original negative number: 143

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0143
Interno della Chiesa dei Frari, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 24

Original negative number: 213

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0213
Altare Maggiore dei Gesuiti, circa 1860-1868

From Album II, page 25

Original negative number: 142

Album 2
Print RL-11356-0142
Vestibolo di S. Marco No. I, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 1

Original negative number: 81

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0081
Vestibolo di S. Marco No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 2

Original negative number: 145

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0145
Battistero di S. Marco, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 3

Original negative number: 128

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0128
Porta del Sansovino, circa 1860-1868

Basilica di S. Marco. From Album III, page 4

Original negative number: 223

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0223
Altare Maggiore di S. Marco, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 5

Original negative number: 140

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0140
Mosaico di S. Marco No. I, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 6

Original negative number: 58

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0058
Mosaico di S. Marco No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 7

Original negative number: 136

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0136
Mosaico di S. Marco No. III, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 8

Original negative number: 57

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0057
Interno della Chiesa di S. Marco No. I, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 9

Original negative number: 131

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0131
Interno della Chiesa di S. Marco No. II, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 10

Original negative number: 82

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0082
Entrata del Palazzo Ducale, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 11

Original negative number: 5

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0005
Scala dei Giganti, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale, with two sculptures of Mars and Neptune by Sansovino. From Album III, page 12

Original negative number: 6

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0006
Cortile del Palazzo Ducale, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 13

Original negative number: 51

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0051
Dettaglio interno del Palazzo Ducale, circa 1860-1868

From Album III, page 14

Original negative number: 54

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0054
Galleria del Palazzo No. I, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 15

Original negative number: 239

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0239
Galleria del Palazzo No. II, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 16

Original negative number: 243

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0243
Scala d'oro del Palazzo, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 17

Original negative number: 241

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0241
Entrata della Museo, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 18

Original negative number: unknown

Album 3
Print RL-11356-UN05
Museo del Palazzo, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 19

Original negative number: 204

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0204
Pozzo nel Cortile del Palazzo No. I, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 20

Original negative number: 102

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0102
Pozzo nel Cortile del Palazzo No. II, circa 1860-1868

Palazzo Ducale. From Album III, page 21

Original negative number: 99

Album 3
Print RL-11356-0099
Palazzo Cavalli con la Chiesa della Salute sul Gran Canale, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 1

Original negative number: unknown

Album 4
Print RL-11356-UN06
Gran Canale, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 2

Original negative number: 70

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0070
Gondola Regina, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 3

Original negative number: unknown

Album 4
Print RL-11356-UN07
Ponte Rialto, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 4

Original negative number: unknown

Album 4
Print RL-11356-UN08
Palazzo sul Gran Canale, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 5

Original negative number: 13

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0013
Palazzo Foscari e Giustinian Vescovi, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 6

Original negative number: 14

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0014
Gondola - Gran Canale, circa 1860-1868

There is a small "MSB" blind-stamped in the lower right corner. On the back of the mount is a historical caption in French, with the title "Piazzetta vue de la mer, Gondole Vénitienne." From Album IV, page 7

Original negative number: unknown

Album 4
Print RL-11356-UN09
Palazzo Pesaro, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 8

Original negative number: 20

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0020
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 9

Original negative number: 23

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0023
Chiesa dei Scalzi, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 10

Original negative number: 66

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0066
Palazzo Mocenigo, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 11

Original negative number: 194

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0194
Palazzo Grimani, Before 1866

Shield with Austrian Empire coat-of-arms on building reads "Direzione delle Poste." From Album IV, page 12

Original negative number: 72

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0072
Palazzo Foscari, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 13

Original negative number: 91

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0091
Palazzo Rezzonico, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 14

Original negative number: 21

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0021
Palazzino, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 15

Original negative number: 156

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0156
Interno della Chiesa dei San Rocco, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 16

Original negative number: 214

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0214
Bronze Gate - San Rocco, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 17

Original negative number: 200

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0200
Pozzo dei Marmore, circa 1860-1868

Rainwater well in the Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo. From Album IV, page 18

Original negative number: 232

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0232
Statua equestre di Bartolomeo Colleoni, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 19

Original negative number: 34

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0034
Entrata del Arsenale, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 20

Original negative number: 10

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0010
Leone all'Arsenale, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 21

Original negative number: 161

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0161
Scala Minelli, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 22

Original negative number: 162

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0162
Monumento di Bartolomeo Colleoni, circa 1860-1868

From Album IV, page 23

Original negative number: 16

Album 4
Print RL-11356-0016
 

Historical Note

Carlo Naya was a noted Italian photographer born in 1816 in Tronzano Vercellese, a small town near Torino in the Piedmont region. He studied law in Pisa but soon took to photography. First operating in various places as a daguerreotypist, he moved to Venice in 1857 on the death of his brother, and he began working with photographer and printer Carlo Ponti; after a dispute with Ponti, Naya opened his own studio and the two became chief rivals. Naya later opened a larger studio on Piazza San Marco, and achieved international reknown as an architectural and scenic photographer. Using Naya's large stock of negatives of Venetian landmarks, his studio assembled fine souvenir albums for admirers of the city. Naya died on May 29, 1882, in Venice. His wife and her second husband continued to operate the studio until it closed in 1918. (Source: Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, 2008.)


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Provenance

The Carlo Naya photograph albums of Venice were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet, January 2017.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 2016-0303.