Ponte Chiodo (Nail Bridge)



Ponte Chiodo (Nail Bridge) is located in Venice in the Cannaregio district. It crosses the San Felice Canal and has a feature that makes it unique in Venice: in fact it has the peculiarity of not having railings. In the past centuries, and until the nineteenth century, the majority of the venetian bridges had no railings. It was decided therefore relatively recently to equip existing bridges with railings (in venetian “spallette”) to increase the safety of pedestrians.

The name “Chiodo” comes from the family who used to live there -the Chiodo Family.

It’s possible to find another bridge without railings in Torcello, Ponte del Diavolo (the Devil’s Bridge). It is said that the devil himself, in the guise of a black cat, appears at the center of the arch every midnight of December 24th. Learn more on my blog about Ponte del Diavolo

Etching on zinc plate. The techniques used are:
– Aquaforte etching, to get the lines of the drawing
– Aquatint, to get the nuances and give a sense of depth.

Printed with chalcographic ink on rosaspina paper.

Paper size: 9.8 x 7 inches
Print size: 3.9 x 2.7 inches

Sold unframed

This item is individually made by hand in my studio in Venice – there may be slight variations in color, making this a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art. The artwork may look slightly different from photos. Small imperfections or irregularities add to the handmade charm, distinguishing this piece from mass-produced prints

Additional information

Paper color

Ivory, White

Print color

Black, Brown, Green, Light Blue, Pink, Purple, Red