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Milan: nautical and fireworks show at the Arena amphitheater
Fratelli Bisson - South flank of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Paolo Monti - Exhibition by Frank Lloyd Wright with installation by Carlo Scarpa
Hippolyte Deroche; Francesco Heyland - Construction of a tax arch for the dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
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Ball in flight at the Milan Arena
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Kusakabe Kimbei - Japanese bedroom
J. Pascal Sebah - Cairo. Tombs and mosques of Sultan El Barkouk
Lamberto Vitali - Poster for the play Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera
Giampietro Agostini - The Italian Industries Smeriglio in via Colico in Milan Bovisa
Luigi Sacchi - Quadriportico and facade of the basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, right side
Group of Japanese women in kimonos around a set tea table
The Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza in Egypt
Paolo Monti - Pirelli skyscraper
Gerardo Colombi - Transit of a boat on the canal for the transport of paper to the Corriere della Sera in Milan
Pompeo Pozzi - View of the south side of the Milan Cathedral
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Milan: nautical and fireworks show at the Arena amphitheater

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The photograph shows one of the most unique and fascinating events held at the Arena in Milan, a double nautical and fireworks show that took place on 2 August 1863, with regattas and marine hunting games, which saw women from Venice, Como and the Lake Maggiore, in a costume competition. Six other small-format prints (93x130 mm approximately) come from the same negative, useful for the photographer to guess the right exposure and contrasts. The final photographic print is therefore the result of a series of subsequent tests that allowed the photographer to identify the best shot. The construction of the great amphitheater, next to the then Piazza d'Armi, was undertaken by Napoleon I in 1805 and completed on a project by the architect Luigi Canonica in 1807. The first show staged at the Arena was organized on the occasion of his inauguration and had as exceptional spectators the emperor, the viceroy and the king of Bavaria. The Arena was flooded with water from the Euripo canal, connected to the network of canals. For many years, the Arena was followed by shows and parties, parachute descents, fireworks, famous carousels and ice events. The most successful shows, however, were the nautical ones: the fake naumachiae and the regattas.

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