Untitled (Venetian Canal) by Golde White

Untitled (Venetian Canal) by Golde White

Untitled (Venetian Canal)

Golde White

Title

Untitled (Venetian Canal)

 
Artist

Golde White

  1890 - 1977 (biography)
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
5 1/16 x 4" image 
Signature
unsigned 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove with partial watermark reading KENT 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23367 
Price
$275.00 
Description

Golde White captures late evening light on the buildings and rippled waters of the Rio di Palazzo, seen beyond the 16th century white limestone Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. A dramatic, mottled sky graces the background as a lone gondolier drifts downstream.

The intricately carved limestone bridge, one of the few roofed bridges in the famous city of canals, was built in the 16th century and connected the interrogation rooms of the Doge’s Palace to the Prigioni Nouve, the cells of the New Prison. Legend had it that the view from the bridge offered the final view of the city to those destined for execution, who would sigh as they peered at it through the small, barred windows. This is now considered incorrect, however, as the bridge was completed when the inquisition practice was largely out of fashion - and the bridge’s windows are too small and high from which to see much of anything.