The 1890s in Florence

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Panorama da San Miniato, quanto gli alberi erano ancora bassi e si poteva osservare meglio il panorama.  View of Florence from San Miniato, when the trees were still low and you could better see the panorama.

 

 

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Giardini della Fortezza. Famiglia in posa per una foto ricordo. Anno 1910. Gardens of the Fortezza di Basso, a family posing for a picture in 1910.

 

 

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Lo struscio sul Ponte Vecchio. Strolling on the Ponte Vecchio.

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Borgo Ognissanti, negozio Sale e Tabacchi del 1910.

Alice Austen, photographer

Photographed here is a beautifully-dressed Alice Austen:

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Alice Austen

Documentary photographer

Alice Austen was born to wealth on Staten Island, but ended her life in poverty.CreditFriends of Alice Austen House, via New York Public Library

Before Diane Arbus and Helen Levitt, there was Austen, one of the earliest female photographers in the country, who produced more than 8,000 images over the course of a long life that began in 1866.

She was, additionally, a landscape designer, a cyclist, an expert tennis player and the first woman on her native Staten Island to own a car. She took her camera everywhere — documenting immigrant communities in New York, street life, lawn tennis matches, her friends, parties, interiors. She often lugged around equipment weighing as much as 50 pounds.

source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/nyregion/women-monuments-new-york-city.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Did you know? Firenze

When looking through a photograph album at the Alinari archives, I was shown this photograph of the Duomo in Florence taken sometime before 1874 when the album was created.

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When you zero in on the facade of the Duomo, things get very interesting.  Instead of the brightly colored and highly embellished facade on the cathedral that one sees nowadays in Florence, this photograph reveals that the facade was left unfinished and unembellished after the Renaissance.

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The following photo, of the Duomo today, shows the facade that was added to the building in the 1870s.

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