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From the Roof of the Basilica of St. Mark, Veneto, Venice, 1934


Lying just southwest of Austria, his summer home, Hoppé’s photographs of Italy’s warm, sunlit Mediterranean terrain and renaissance towns evoke a very different mood. Italy was the early home of Fascism, however, and Hoppé documented its early growth. He even photographed a grim Benito Mussolini, as well as his family, a year before he became absolute dictator of the country.

It's difficult to disassociate Italy from her art and historical interest, so that her claims to fame for the beauty of her countryside might be overshadowed, but the traveler can scarcely fail to notice and enjoy the charm of this country of bright skies and glowing landscapes.

– E.O. Hoppé