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Bridge of Sighs

Photographic Prints

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 12.0"
Medium 12.0" x 18.0"
Large 16.0" x 24.0"
X large 20.0" x 30.0"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth


Artist's Description

The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge in Venice, northern Italy. Built in 1602, the enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the Bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.
A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset.
The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC


Featured in : ZINGERS : 30 Apr 13
Featured in : European Everyday Life : 3 May 13
Featured in : PostCards-Destinations : 4 May 13
Featured in : Ancient Relics Customs and Sites : 23 May 13
Featured in : Visions of Italy : 16 Jun 13
Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

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