This is one of a couple dozen antique prints/photos that I recently picked up at an estate sale. I've never purchased or offered art before because I have zero knowledge of that field, but during this two day sale, whatever was left at the end was going to the dump. These pictures just looked too old and too beautiful to let that happen.
This listing is for the one print that you see in my photo. I will be offering all the others as time permits.
Astronomy, by Andrea Pisano - The Bell Tower relievos devote a lot of space to astronomy. The first relievo of the southern side (towards via de" Calzaiuoli) depicts Gionitus, the mythical inventor of Astronomy, intent on observing the height of the celestial bodies using a quadrant, a scientific instrument that owes its name to its typical shape, the quarter of a circle.
This is one of a series of 26 hexagonal panels that decorated the first level of the Cathedral bell tower in Florence, now substituted by copies while the originals are in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The sculptural decoration of the bell tower includes a second level with diamond-shaped panels and a third with statues in niches.
I could not narrow down an exact age for this photo. Quite a few of the other ones that I'll be listing had more information available and showed dates of between 1887 to 1920. The photo in this listing appears to be from the same time frame as the others.
This photo measures just over 7.5 by 10 inches. It was mounted on thick pressed cardboard. (This all looks to be original and mounted at the same time the picture was made). Including the cardboard the actual size comes out to just under 10 by 12 inches.
Along the bottom of the photo it reads "(Ed.* Alinari) P.* I.* N.* 2005. FIRENZE - Campanile del Duomo. Tolomeo o l'Astronomia. (Giotto e Andrea Pisano.)"
For being well over 100 years old, it's in really good condition. You should be able to see in my photo that there are whitish spots, mainly along the border of the panel. That is not wear on the photo, that is actual wear on the building. If you look at it from a straight across angle you can see slivers of what looks to be water lines but I don't see them at all when looking at it straight on as if it were hanging on a wall. The only scrape I see is on the very side edge on the upper right side. It's about an inch long. When lying flat on a table, there is a very slight curve in the cardboard. I'm sure that can be pressed out if it concerns you. I've taken these condition instances into consideration and have lower the price on this print.
Let me add that as stated above, I know nothing about art. I have tried to the best of my ability to describe what I see and what I've read about the print. If you have further questions, or if you have any info you'd like to offer, just shoot me a 'question for seller" note and I'll try my best to provide a competent answer.
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All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.