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Milan: Nautical and Pyrotechnical Show at the Arena amphitheatre
Fratelli Bisson - South side of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris
Paolo Monti - Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition with setting up by Architect Carlo Scarpa
Hippolyte Deroche; Francesco Heyland - Construction of a arch for the dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
Arch of the Aki Temple in Japan (high tide)
Nevskij prospekt in St. Petersburg
Alessandro Duroni - Portrait of Countess Giuseppina Durini Casati
Aerostat flying in the Arena of Milan
Giuseppe Zaccaria - Acrobat balancing on a bicycle
Kusakabe Kimbei - Inside a Japanese bedroom
J. Pascal Sebah - Cairo. Tombs and Mosques of Sultan El Barkouk
Lamberto Vitali - Poster for the show The three-piece opera by Bertolt Brecht
Giampietro Agostini - The Italian Industries Smeriglio in via Colico in Milan Bovisa
Luigi Sacchi - Quadriportico and façade of the Basilica of Saint Ambrose, right side
Group of Japanese women in kimono around a tea table
The Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza in Egypt
Paolo Monti - Pirelli Skyscraper
Gerardo Colombi - Transit of a boat on the Naviglio
Pompeo Pozzi - View of the southern side of the Duomo
Tommaso Cuccioni - Roman Forum before the excavations, seen from the Capitoline hill
Milan: Nautical and Pyrotechnical Show at the Arena amphitheatre

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The photograph shows one of the most unusual and intriguing programmes held at the arena, a pyrotechnical and nautical double bill that took place on August 2nd 1863, with boat races and chases, in which women from Venice, Como and Lake Maggiore competed in local costume. Another six small prints (93x130 mm circa) from a single negative, were made to help the photographer identify the correct exposure and contrast levels. The final print is the result of a series of trials that allowed the photographer to find the best angle for the photo. The construction of the large amphitheatre next to Piazza d'Armi, was initiated by Napoleon I in 1805 and completed in 1807 on the basis of designs by Luigi Canonica. The inaugural spectacle was attended by the Emperor, the Viceroy and the King of Bavaria. The Arena was flooded with waters from the Euripo canal, in turn connected to Milan's old network of waterways. For many years the Arena continued to be used for parties, performances, parachute landings, fireworks displays, renowned tournaments and ice skating shows. The most successful events, however, were the nautical displays, such as faux naval battles and boat races.

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