Edward Gordon Craig

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

1909
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), crosses the Arno in Florence at the narrowest point of its course, joining the Uffizi with the road that leads to the Pitti Palace. A corridor passing through the Ponte Vecchio provides an interior link between these two buildings. As its name indicates, the Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence; it was built to replace a temporary structure in 1345, which is when the distinctive shops that line each side were added. Originally butchers and blacksmiths filled these shops, but Ferdinand I de Medici banished them at the end of the 16th century in favour of jewellers and goldsmiths, trades that still occupy these shops today.
Title
Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Date
1909
Medium
Print
Materials
etching on laid paper
Dimensions
22.8 x 28.5 cm; plate: 8.5 x 10.3 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1957
Accession number
7031