TRAVELLERS DURING THE CENTURIES #4_ The souvenirs of the Waterfall

Posted on September 21, 2017
The souvenirs of the Waterfall: a story of commercial successes (I part)

The Marmore Falls has been praised by poets as Byron, described by famous writers as Andersen and depicted by brillant painters as Corot. But its fame has been generated also commercMa la sua fama ha anche generato flourishing commerces, that are interesting to discover.

Today, in fact, we know the names of many artists that we are sure they depicted, for commercial purposes, the landscape of the fascinating ternanan valley. The census of these commercial reproductions become more interesting when we know that artists and artisans used to sell the Views of the Waterfall with tat of the Colosseum, or the Tivoli Falls or of other beauties.

As the famous, wordwide, between the monuments of the Roman time, the Waterfall has been considered an identitary element of that nation, still divided in several states, but that for all was already linked under the name of " beautiful village". This is the reason for whom until the modern technique of the industrial reproductions, the Waterfall had a lot of success for the artisan and artistic souvenirs.

We see to the most famous and intellectual clients the german Wilhelm Friedrich Gmelin (1760-1820).

William Brockedon (1787-1854), painter, explorer, writers and also english inventor (was son of the known londoner watchmaker), went along the Nera goarges, to the research of places to advice to the readers of his Road-books, among them we remember: the Augustus Bridge in Narni and the Marmore Waterfall.

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