Art photography: Venice by Carlo Naya

The Molo and the Doge's Palace with Gondola, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.3 cm - 2017.134.19 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock St Mark's Cathedral in St Mark's Square, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13 x 17 cm - 2017.134.2 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock View of Palazzo Dario and the Giudecca, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.5 x 17.7 cm - 2017.134.1 - Piazzetta e Molo di San Marco, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13 x 17.7 cm - 2017.134.3 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Torre dell'orologio, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.5 x 17.7 cm - 2017.134.4 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Doge's Palace and Column, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.5 x 17.7 cm - 2017.134.5 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Rio Ogni Santi, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.7 cm - 2017.134.6 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Doge's Palace and the Island of St. George, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.7 cm  - 2017.134.7 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Bridge of Sighs from the Ponte della Paglia, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 18.3 x 14 cm - 2017.134.8 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Porta della Carta, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 16.8 x 12.3 cm - 2017.134.10 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Interior of St. Mark's, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 18.3 x 14 cm - 2017.134.16 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Grand Canale and the Rialto Bridge next to the Palazzo Grimani, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.3 cm - 2017.134.17 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.3 cm - 2017.134.28 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Panoramic View of the Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.3 cm - 2017.134.29 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Bronze Gates at the Loggetta del Sansovino, St. Mark's, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.3 cm - 2017.134.27 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Doge's Palace and the Ponte della Paglia, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.3 x 17.3 cm  - 2017.134.18 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Porta della Carta, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 16.8 x 12.3 cm - 2017.134.12 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Hall of the Senate in the Doge's Palace, Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.5 x 17.3 cm  - 2017.134.9 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Capital from the Doge's Palace depicting the Judgement of Solomon by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 17.7 x 13.3 cm - 2017.134.24 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Capital from the Doge's Palace depicting Noah and his sons by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 17.3 x 13.3 cm - 2017.134.30 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Capital from the Doge's Palace by Carlo Naya (1816-1882) - Albumen print on paper - 13.6 x 17.7 cm - 2017.134.31  - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

Venice by Carlo Naya (1816-1822)

These famous images of Venice are the work of Carlo Naya (1816-1882), who was born near Turin in 1816. After studying law he seems to have travelled widely and worked as a daguerreotypist, setting up a a studio in Prague and in Constantinople. On his return to Italy he had a brief partnership with Carlo Ponti before setting up his own business in the Piazza San Marco in 1868. From that point onwards Naya and Ponti were rivals in taking images of the landmarks and attractions of Venice with Naya's business growing to become one of the largest in Venice.

Naya Photographic Studio
This is a photograph envelope from Carl Naya's studio advertising his images for the French market.

A visitor in 1882 described Naya‘s studio as "the largest establishment we think we ever saw devoted to photography, in an old palace on the other side of the grand canal". 

Naya was a beneficiary of the growing tourist trade to Italy in general and to Venice particular. Thousands of visitors were eager to have memories to take home of the sights of the city showing the buildings, canals, monuments and harbours and, of course, gondolas. These images also fuelled the tourist trade to Venice and enhanced the appeal of the city. After Naya's death in 1882 the business continued to be run by his wife.

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