View of a Canal, Terracina

Pompeo Molins Italian
Gioacchino Altobelli Italian
Altobelli & Molins Italian

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Between 1858 and 1864, Altobelli and Molins served as official photographers to the French Academy. They also received a prestigious commission to record the progress of Pope Pius IX’s modernizing railway projects in Rome and the Papal States. This view of a canal receding toward the coastal city of Terracina demonstrates the studio’s characteristic attention to the human dimension of the places they photographed: workers tend to canal boats, while in the distance women lay out laundry to dry on the riverbank. The photographers displayed their work in Florence at the Esposizione Italiana of 1861, held to commemorate the political unification of Italy that year.

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