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Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice, 1912

Caroline Armington
Canadian, 1875 - 1939
etching and drypoint on laid paper
41 x 32.3 cm; plate: 36 x 25.7 cm
Gift of A. McKenzie Brockman, Two Mountains, Quebec, 1985
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29196)

The Bridge of Sighs links the Doge's Palace with the Prisons. Built in or around 1600, its name was coined in the 19th century: condemned prisoners crossing the bridge would catch from its windows a glimpse of Venice and heave a mournful sigh knowing that it was for the last time ever.


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