Evangelist Windows of a House at the Ponte del Forner, San Cassano, Venice
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Evangelist Windows of a House at the Ponte del Forner, San Cassano, Venice 1850s
This building was described by Ruskin as: 'a noble house in which the spandrels of the windows are filled by the emblems of the four Evangelists, sculptures in deep relief, and touching the edges of the arches with their expanded wings'. The contrast between the animal symbols of the Christian Apostles with their spread wings, flying free, and the double bird cage trapping a living bird, hung out of the door, brings a certain sadness to this image. The photographer achieves a compositional balance with the three empty plant pots, precariously placed on a board on the railing.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Evangelist

The writer of one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).  The term is also used to refer to a person aspiring to convert others to the Christian faith.

Spandrel

The roughly triangular area above the curve of an arch, between a horizontal line extending from the top of the arch and a vertical line extending from the column supporting it; or the area between two arches.

Composition, Evangelist, Spandrel

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP R 164
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 25.20 x 34.90 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985