Interior of St. Mark's, Venice, Italy


This photochrome print of the nave of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites in Italy” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The interior of Saint Mark's is a breathtaking architectural and artistic marvel that features Renaissance paneling, more than 8000 square meters of marble, gilded mosaics on the walls and ceilings depicting legends of the apostles, Byzantine reliefs from the 10th–12th centuries depicting the Virgin Mary, scenes from the Passion of Christ, and images of Saint Mark. Saint Mark’s was originally built in 832, shortly after the remains of Saint Mark the Evangelist, the patron saint of Venice, were said to have been brought to the city from Alexandria, Egypt by two Venetian merchants. The church was destroyed in a fire, rebuilt at the end of the 10th century, and again in the 11th century.

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Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan


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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., Catalogue J--foreign section, Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Publishing Company, 1905.
  • Print no. "9299".

Last updated: August 13, 2014